B-8     A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians  4:14, 5:1 

  Brothers and sisters:

Knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus 

 Will raise us also with Jesus 

 And place us with you in his presence.

Everything indeed is for you,

 So that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Therefore, we are not  discouraged;

 Rather, although our outer self is wasting away,

 Out inner self is being renewed day by day.

For this momentary light affliction

 Is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

 As we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; 

 For what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

 For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,

 Should be destroyed,

 We have a building from God,

 A dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

The word of the Lord.