First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

Our God has given me a well-trained tongue

that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.

Morning after morning, God awakens me,

to hear as disciples do.

God opens my ears;

I was not disobedient,

I did not turn back;

I gave my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who humiliated me;

I did not hide my face

from insult and spitting.

The Most High helps me,

therefore I am not dishonored;

therefore I have set my face firm.

I know I will not be put to shame.

The Word of God recorded in Isaiah.