NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – OLD TESTAMENT READING ISAIAH 49:6-16

8Thus says the Lord:

“In a time of favor I have answered you;

in a day of salvation I have helped you;

I will keep you and give you

as a covenant to the people,

to establish the land,

to apportion the desolate heritages,

9saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’

to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’

They shall feed along the ways;

on all bare heights shall be their pasture;

10they shall not hunger or thirst,

neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,

for he who has pity on them will lead them,

and by springs of water will guide them.

11And I will make all my mountains a road,

and my highways shall be raised up.

12Behold, these shall come from afar,

and behold, these from the north and from the west,

and these from the land of Syene.”

13Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;

break forth, O mountains, into singing!

for the Lord has comforted his people

and will have compassion on his afflicted.

14But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me;

my Lord has forgotten me.”

15“Can a woman forget her nursing child,

that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?

Even these may forget,

yet I will not forget you.

16Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;

your walls are continually before me.