A reading from the first letter of Peter.
Praised be the God of our Savior Jesus Christ,
who with great mercy gave us new birth;
a birth unto hope which draws its life
from the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead;
a birth to an imperishable inheritance
incapable of fading or defilement,
which is kept in heaven for you
who are guarded with God’s power through faith;
a birth to a salvation which stands ready
to be revealed in the last days.
There is cause for rejoicing here.
You may for a time have to suffer
the distress of many trials;
but this is so that your faith,
which is more precious than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold,
may by its genuineness
lead to praise, glory and honor
when Jesus Christ appears.
Although you have never seen Jesus,
you love Jesus, and without seeing, stiII you believe,
and rejoice with inexpressible joy touched with glory
because you are achieving faith’s goal, your salvation.
The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Peter.