Brothers and sisters: Someone may say, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body
will they come back?"
You fool! What you sow is not brought to life unless it
dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it
is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is
raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural
body, there is also a spiritual one.
So, too, it is written, "The first man,
Adam, became a living being," the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first;
rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second
man, from heaven.
As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly, and as is the
heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall
also bear the image of the heavenly one.
R. (14) I will walk in the presence of God, in the light
of the living.
Now I know that God is with me.
In God, in whose promise I
in God I trust without fear;
what can flesh do against me?
R. I will walk in
the presence of God, in the light of the living.
I am bound, O God, by vows to
your thank offerings I will fulfill.
For you have rescued me from death,
my feet, too,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
R. I will walk
in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
When a large crowd gathered, with people from
one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. "A sower went out to sow his
seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of
moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell
on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold." After saying this, he called out,
"Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."
Then his disciples asked him what the
meaning of this parable might be. He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has
been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look
but not see, and hear but not understand.
"This is the meaning of the
parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the Devil
comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word
with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they
are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when
they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through