First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

Thus says the Lord:

All you who are thirsty,

come to the water!

You who have no money,

come, receive grain and eat;

come, without paying and without cost,

drink wine and milk!

Why spend your money for what is not bread,

your wages for what fails to satisfy?

Heed me, and you shall eat well,

you shall delight in rich fare.

Come to me heedfully,

listen, that you may have life.

I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,

the benefits assured to David.

As I made him a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander of nations,

so shall you summon a nation you knew not,

and nations that knew you not shall run to you,

because of the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,

call him while he is near.

Let the scoundrel forsake his way,

and the wicked man his thoughts;

Let him turn to the Lord for mercy;

to our God, who is generous in forgiving.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

As high as the heavens are above the earth

so high are my ways above your ways

and my thoughts above your thoughts.

For just as from the heavens

the rain and snow come down

and do not return there

till they have watered the earth,

making it fertile and fruitful.

giving seed to the one who sows

and bread to the one who easts,

so shall my word be

that goes forth from my mouth;

my word shall not return to me void,

but shall do my will,

achieving the end for which I sent it.

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Isaiah.