Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Sisters and brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and in which you stand firm.  You are being saved by it at this very moment, if you hold fast to it as I preached it to you.  Otherwise you have believed in vain.

I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that Christ was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  After that, Christ was seen by five hundred sisters and brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have fallen asleep.  Next this One was seen by James; then by all the apostles.  Last of all Christ was seen by me, as one born out of the normal course.

I am the least of the apostles; in fact, because I persecuted the church of God, I do not even deserve the name.  But by God’s favor I am what I am.  This favor that God has given to me has not proved fruitless.  Indeed, I have worked harder than all the others, not on my own but through the favor of God. In any case, whether it be I or they, this is what we preach and this is what you believed.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

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