Old Testament: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.