23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 1st Reading

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Thus says the LORD:
   Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
      Be strong, fear not!
   Here is your God,
      he comes with vindication;
   with divine recompense
      he comes to save you.
   Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
      the ears of the deaf be cleared;
   then will the lame leap like a stag,
      then the tongue of the mute will sing.
   Streams will burst forth in the desert,
      and rivers in the steppe.
   The burning sands will become pools,
      and the thirsty ground, springs of water.