Today’s second reading touches upon a very real topic: how we sometimes reject that which may become the most important thing in life. The example of the stone rejected by the builder, which becomes the cornerstone, is very graphic. It is not only important, it is the principal stone without which there would be no building.
This image refers to Jesus who, though rejected, became the instrument of our salvation. The reading not only mentions his rejection, but it also explains why people rejected him.
A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall.
The person of Jesus Christ is not just a figure in the pages of history. He is a person who touches our lives, yet sometimes we will stumble or fall, precisely because of his teachings, because of what he is asking of us: to change our lives in ways we never imagined. And, of course, not all people agree with this. Not everyone is ready to be moved by Jesus because they have not grasped his motivation, which is love and his desire to turn us to the plan that God has for us since the foundation of the world. As the Apostle said: “like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house”.
Sometimes people reject Jesus because of the Cross (suffering), but they do not understand that the Resurrection follows the Cross. It could be that we may not accept Jesus, and not learning from him we lose the opportunity to learn what helps us to live in the future, that which may improve us, something that will increase our potential to the maximum. Sometimes, it is obvious what happens if we reject certain things. For example: What could happen to us if we reject learning the alphabet? We would not be able to read. But sometimes it is not that obvious: What happens to us if we reject prayer? What could happen if we reject helping others? What happens if we reject Jesus?
Well… one day we will be tired, discouraged, disappointed and ready to quit everything, and it will be in that very moment when we will need the strength that only prayer gives, and we will not be able to pray.
One day we will realize that we think only about ourselves, and the Lord will ask us: When I was hungry, did you give me food? When I was sick, did you visit me?… and we will have nothing to say.
Peter’s writing is not founded in speculation. It is the very truth: the stone rejected really became the cornerstone.
Yes, one day, maybe not so long from now, but one day we all will need to accept, not reject… why then wait if today we can all receive the grace of God that makes all things new and different.
Embrace Jesus now, today in all that you do, and He will embrace you forever.