13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 1st Reading

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
      nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
   For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
      and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
   and there is not a destructive drug among them
      nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
      for justice is undying.
   For God formed man to be imperishable;
      the image of his own nature he made him.
   But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
      and they who belong to his company experience it.