First Reading : Isaiah 29:17-24
A Better Time Is Coming
17 This is the truth: After a very short time, Lebanon will become rich farmland, and the farmland will be like thick forests.
18 The deaf will hear the words in the book. The blind will see through the darkness and fog.
19 The Lord will make poor people happy. The poorest people will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 This will happen when the people who are mean and cruel have come to an end. It will happen when those who enjoy doing bad things are gone.
21 (They lie about good people. They try to trap people in court. They try to destroy innocent people.)
22 So the Lord, who made Abraham free, speaks to Jacob’s family. He says, “Now the people of Jacob will not be embarrassed and ashamed.
23 They will look around at all the children they have I made with my hands, and they will say that my name is holy. They will honor the Holy One of Jacob. They will respect the God of Israel.
24 Many of these people did not understand, so they did what was wrong. They complained, but now they will learn their lesson.”
Psalm : Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
A song of David.
1 Lord, you are my Light and my Savior, so why should I be afraid of anyone? The Lord is where my life is safe, so I will be afraid of no one!
4 I ask only one thing from the Lord. This is what I want most: Let me live in the Lord’s house all my life, enjoying the Lord’s beauty and spending time in his palace.
13 But I really believe that I will see the Lord’s goodness before I die.
14 Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.
Gospel : Mathew 9:27-31
27 As Jesus was going away from there, two blind men followed him. They said loudly, “Show kindness to us, Son of David.”
28 Jesus went inside, and the blind men went with him. He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to make you see again?” They answered, “Yes, Lord, we believe.”
29 Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “You believe that I can make you see again, so it will happen.”
30 Then the men were able to see. Jesus gave them a strong warning. He said, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
31 But they left and spread the news about Jesus all around that area.