The 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B: 2nd Reading

1 Peter 3:18-22

   Christ suffered for sins once,
   the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
   that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
   he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison,
   who had once been disobedient
   while God patiently waited in the days of Noah
   during the building of the ark,
   in which a few persons, eight in all,
   were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body
   but an appeal to God for a clear conscience,
   through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
   who has gone into heaven
   and is at the right hand of God,
   with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.