FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT – OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 43:16-21

16Thus says the Lord,

who makes a way in the sea,

a path in the mighty waters,

17who brings forth chariot and horse,

army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise,

they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

18“Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

19Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.

20The wild beasts will honor me,

the jackals and the ostriches,

for I give water in the wilderness,

rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

21the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise.