A reading from the book of Wisdom.
The godless say to themselves,
with their misguided reasoning,
“Let us lie in wait for you, O virtuous one,
since you annoy us and oppose our way of life;
you reproach us for our breaches of the Law
and accuse us of playing false to our upbringing.
Let us see if what you say is true,
let us observe what kind of end you yourself will have.
If you, O virtuous–one, are God’s own child, God will take
and rescue you from the clutches of your enemies.
Let us test you with cruelty and with torture,
and thus test this gentleness of yours
and put your endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn you to a shameful death
since you will be looked after – we have your word for it.”
The Word of God recorded in the book of Wisdom.