Second Reading – 1 Peter 2:2–10
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
A stone. It is by itself neutral. It can be used for good or evil–used to build or kill. It depends upon the hands that hold it. God seeks to be the one holding us. We are always in the grip of forces beyond us like culture, society, our own history and baggage. These are the realities of our life. God seeks to be that new reality in our life changing and bringing us together. For just as it takes more than one stone to build just about anything, we are brought together to be the church–a new reality building a new world–the kingdom of God.