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First Reading for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Isaiah 66:18-21

Summary: The Lord gathers people from all nations to see his glory and spread it. They will bring offerings and some will become priests and Levites.

God Gathers the Nations

Thus says the LORD:

I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.

I will set a sign among them; from them I will send fugitives to the nations: to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory; and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations.

They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries, to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their offering to the house of the LORD in clean vessels.

Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.

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