A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the People of Corinth when he was asked questions about death and the resurrection of the body.
Someone may ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ How Foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
So it is with the resurrection of the dead: What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body.
For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. And when this happens, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
‘Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’
Yes, thanks be to God! He gives us the victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God