Thus says the Lord: “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. The people I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise . . . It is I who wipe out, for my own sake, your offences; your sins I remember no more” (Is 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25).