FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 65:1-9

1I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;

I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.

I said, “Here am I, here am I,”

to a nation that was not called by my name.

2I spread out my hands all the day

to a rebellious people,

who walk in a way that is not good,

following their own devices;

3a people who provoke me

to my face continually,

sacrificing in gardens

and making offerings on bricks;

4who sit in tombs,

and spend the night in secret places;

who eat pig’s flesh,

and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;

5who say, “Keep to yourself,

do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”

These are a smoke in my nostrils,

a fire that burns all the day.

6Behold, it is written before me:

“I will not keep silent, but I will repay;

I will indeed repay into their bosom

7both your iniquities and your fathers’ iniquities together,

says the Lord;

because they made offerings on the mountains

and insulted me on the hills,

I will measure into their bosom

payment for their former deeds.”

8Thus says the Lord:

“As the new wine is found in the cluster,

and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,

for there is a blessing in it,’

so I will do for my servants’ sake,

and not destroy them all.

9I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,

and from Judah possessors of my mountains;

my chosen shall possess it,

and my servants shall dwell there.”