FIRST READING: Isaiah 56: 1 - 3, 6 - 8
1 Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."
3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely separate me from his people"; and let not the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
6 "And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant --
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
8 Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."
PSALM: Psalms 67: 2 - 3, 5, 7 - 8
2 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
3 that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations.
5 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
7 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
8 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
GOSPEL: John 5: 33 - 36
33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
34 Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved.
35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.