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The first reading is from Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in;
23 who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
mighty in power,
not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God’?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not fain

Hear the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

The Gospel reading is from Mark 1:29-39

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the
house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now
Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they
told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the
hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she
began to serve them.
32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were
sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was
gathered around the door. 34 And he cured many who were
sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and
he would not permit the demons to speak, because they
knew him.
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and
went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36 And
Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37 When they
found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for
you.’ 38 He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring
towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for
that is what I came out to do.’ 39 And he went throughout
Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and
casting out demons


For the Gospel of the Lord  

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ