Reading 1, Isaiah 29:17-24
17 Is it not true that in a very short time the Lebanon will become productive ground, so productive you might take it for a forest?
18 That day the deaf will hear the words of the book and, delivered from shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see.
19 The lowly will find ever more joy in Yahweh and the poorest of people will delight in the Holy One of Israel;
20 for the tyrant will be no more, the scoffer has vanished and all those on the look-out for evilhave been destroyed:
21 those who incriminate others by their words, those who lay traps for the arbitrator at the gate and groundlessly deprive the upright of fair judgement.
22 That is why Yahweh, God of the House of Jacob, Abraham’s redeemer, says this, ‘No longer shall Jacob be disappointed, no more shall his face grow pale,
23 for when he sees his children, my creatures, home again with him, he will acknowledge my name as holy, he willacknowledge the Holy One of Jacob to be holy and will hold the God of Israel in awe.
24 Erring spirits will learn to understand and murmurers accept instruction.’
Prayer for Refugees and Victims of War
no one is a stranger to you
and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war,
those separated from their loved ones,
young people who are lost,
and those who have left home or who have run away from
Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be
and help us always to show your kindness
to strangers and to all in need
Grant this through Christ our Lord.