A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes

From everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to break down and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence and a time to speak;

A time for war, and a time for peace.

God has made everything suitable for its time.

The Word of the Lord.