First Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31
25 The Holy One says: “Can you compare me to anyone? No one is equal to me.”
26 Look up to the skies. Who created all those stars? Who created all those “armies” in the sky? Who knows every star by name? He is very strong and powerful, so not one of these stars is lost.
27 People of Jacob, this is true. Israel, you should believe it. So why do you say, “The Lord cannot see the way I live; he will not find me and punish me”?
28 Surely you know the truth. Surely you have heard. The Lord is the God who lives forever! He created all the faraway places on earth. He does not get tired and weary. You cannot learn all he knows.
29 He helps tired people be strong. He gives power to those without it.
30 Young men get tired and need to rest. Even young boys stumble and fall.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again—like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.
Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10
A song of David.
1 My soul, praise the Lord! Every part of me, praise his holy name!
2 My soul, praise the Lord and never forget how kind he is!
3 He forgives all our sins and heals all our sicknesses.
4 He saves us from the grave, and he gives us love and compassion.
8 The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love.
10 We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved.
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.
29 Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.
30 Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”