3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1st Reading

Isaiah 8:23 - 9:3

First the LORD degraded the land of Zebulun
   and the land of Naphtali;
   but in the end he has glorified the seaward road,
   the land west of the Jordan,
   the District of the Gentiles.

   Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness:
      for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
   The people who walked in darkness
      have seen a great light;
      upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
   You have brought them abundant joy
      and great rejoicing,
   as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
      as people make merry when dividing spoils.
   For the yoke that burdened them,
      the pole on their shoulder,
   and the rod of their taskmaster
      you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.