FIRST READING         Isaiah 55:10-13

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,  and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,  giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;   it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,  and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 For you shall go out in joy,  and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you  shall burst into song,  and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;  instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

SECOND READING        Psalm 150

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

GOSPEL READING        Luke 1:39-45

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”