5th Sunday after Epiphany
Old Testament: Isaiah 40:21-31
Isa 40:21 Do you not know? Were you not told long ago? Have you not heard how the world began?
Isa 40:22 It was made by the one who sits on his throne above the earth and beyond the sky; the people below look as tiny as ants. He stretched out the sky like a curtain, like a tent in which to live.
Isa 40:23 He brings down powerful rulers and reduces them to nothing.
Isa 40:24 They are like young plants, just set out and barely rooted. When the LORD sends a wind, they dry up and blow away like straw.
Isa 40:25 To whom can the holy God be compared? Is there anyone else like him?
Isa 40:26 Look up at the sky! Who created the stars you see? The one who leads them out like an army, he knows how many there are and calls each one by name! His power is so great— not one of them is ever missing!
Isa 40:27 Israel, why then do you complain that the LORD doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice?
Isa 40:28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The LORD is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary. No one understands his thoughts.
Isa 40:29 He strengthens those who are weak and tired.
Isa 40:30 Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted.
Isa 40:31 But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.
New Testament: Mark 1:29-39
Mar 1:29 Jesus and his disciples, including James and John, left the synagogue and went straight to the home of Simon and Andrew.
Mar 1:30 Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and as soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her.
Mar 1:31 He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.
Mar 1:32 After the sun had set and evening had come, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had demons.
Mar 1:33 All the people of the town gathered in front of the house.
Mar 1:34 Jesus healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and drove out many demons. He would not let the demons say anything, because they knew who he was.
Mar 1:35 Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed.
Mar 1:36 But Simon and his companions went out searching for him,
Mar 1:37 and when they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
Mar 1:38 But Jesus answered, “We must go on to the other villages around here. I have to preach in them also, because that is why I came.”
Mar 1:39 So he traveled all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons.