FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: Lamentations 3:22-33

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!   His mercies never cease.  23Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  24I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!  25The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.  26So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.  27And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline:  28Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands.  29Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last.  30Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them, and accept the insults of their enemies.  31For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever.  32Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love.  33For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.