Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21

A reading from the first letter of Peter.

In prayer, you call upon Abba God who judges everyone justly, on the basis of their actions.  Since this is so, conduct yourselves reverently during your sojourn in a strange land.  Realize that you were delivered from the futile way of life your ancestors handed on to you, not by any diminishable sum of gold or silver but by Christ’s blood beyond all price: the blood of a spotless, unblemished lamb chosen before the world’s foundation and revealed for your sake in these last days.  It is through Christ that you are believers in God, the God who raised Christ from the dead into glory.  Your faith and hope, then, are centered in God.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Peter.