A reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 1:10. 16-20)

Learn to do good, search for justice.

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the command of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

“Wash, make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.

Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord. Though you sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

If you are willing to obey, you shall eat the good things of the earth. But if you persist inrebellion, the sword shall eat you instead.” The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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