The unexpected cornerstone

Readings for April 25, 2021

Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

In scripture, there was many a “stone which the builder rejected” which God used as cornerstones of the faith. Throughout the Bible, flawed and lowly men and women have been exalted as the very foundations of our salvation history. 

Adam and Eve, fallen to the sins of pride and envy, became the father and mother of all the living. Abram, old and so desperate for a child he conceived a son in adultery only to reject and exile the son and his mother, then became Abraham, the father of the Chosen People. Moses, a stuttering member of Pharaoh’s family, ran away as a murderer and hid himself as a shepherd, before becoming the great prophet who delivered God’s people out of Egypt. Esther, taken from her family to be part of the occupying king’s court, became the queen who persuaded the king of Persia to retract his order for genecide of her Jewish people. Ruth, a faithful servant and Moabite, refuses to leave her widowed mother-in-law to become a symbol of enduring faith and devotion. Mary, a poor teenager who became the mother of God. Shepherds in the field and wise men from far off pagan lands became the first to recognize the newborn child as Christ. St. Dismas, the “good thief,” who, hanging next to Jesus confessed his sin and asked to be remembered, was promised paradise with Christ. And finally Peter, whom Jesus proclaimed the rock on which is built the Kingdom, was an uneducated fisherman who left everything to follow Jesus but denied him three times before leading the Apostles to build the Church.

To most builders, these may have been rejectable pieces, but God isn’t most builders. God’s buildings require every stone, and I need to consider that God does not call only the qualified, but qualifies those He calls.

I also need to consider what that means in my daily life. I need to consider those who are put into my path that, perhaps, I don’t want in my path, and perhaps even reject them as worthy of my time or my love. I need to consider that if I do not see the goodness of God’s plan in another person, it is because I do not yet, and cannot yet know God, because He has not yet revealed all to me. But the good news is that God knows me. And the better news is that God considers me and all of those around me as “children of God.” And, as His child, I need to consider how I treat His other children and consider their dignity as a child of God, and love them because God loves them, and not reject them as the world may reject them.

I need to consider that God does not call only the qualified, but qualifies those He calls. And only when I love those I may not have originally believed to be “qualified” will I “see what love the Father has bestowed” on me.

Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see as You see. Reveal to me not what I want revealed but what will glorify Your name. Reveal to me the love which You have bestowed on those You have placed in my path and give me the strength and perseverance to love as You love. Amen

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