A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.  For since death came through one man, the resurrection of the dead has also come through one man;  for as all died in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.  But each in his own order: Christ as the first fruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ.

Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after He has destroyed every ruler, authority and power.  He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death. The Word of the Lord