Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Tobit 1:3; 2:1a-8
Psalm 112:1b-2, 3b-4, 5-6
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone. . . .
The ways of God are not the ways of man. How many rejected stones have there been? First and foremost, there is Jesus. He is first and chief among those who are ignored and misrepresented and rejected because of what people think they know about him.
Next, of course, is Peter, the rock upon whom the Church itself is built. He was rejected and crucified in his own time and is no less so today by both Christians and nonbelievers because of what they think they know about the Church.
You can think of many, many more yourself, I'm sure. The builders are constantly rejecting stones that become the cornerstones of edifices that last, while their own empires turn to dust. Praise be to the stones rejected by worldly builders--the stones that build our heavenly homes.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne