In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 12:10-11, Jesus asks this question: Have you not read this scripture passage: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’
Jesus refers to Psalm 118:22-23, where we learn that what is deemed “insignificant to human beings has become great through divine election.”1 This Psalm is a hymn of thanksgiving; praising God for His wondrous deeds. When Jesus references this passage from Psalm 118, He foreshadows that He is the cornerstone for His Church. For it will be through His death and resurrection that His Church will be built. He will be that rejected stone that becomes the cornerstone.
Is Jesus Your Cornerstone?
Throughout your life, what place does Jesus hold? Is He your every reason, for every action, that you take? Or, does He barely register on your awareness meter? Perhaps He falls somewhere in between. With Jesus, as the cornerstone, along with the Apostles’ actions within the early Church, we have a strong foundation of faith to build upon. It is incumbent upon all who follow Jesus, to live our lives in a manner that builds upon this foundation. Yet, we are sinners. So, although our foundation is strong, we might have a leaky roof (mortal sins), or some broken windows (venial sins) that need repair. We can always address such problems through repentance.
Living “the Way”
If Jesus barely registers on your awareness meter, then now is the time to make some structural changes to your life. You can start by seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation. That will clear away the debris and give you a game plan for building the kind of life that Jesus would want for you. Create new, good habits, that will serve as building blocks for living that life based upon a strong foundation of faith. When you take these steps, you will be living “the Way” of Jesus.
1 New American Bible. Wichita: Fireside Bible Publishers, 2000, Print. (p. 617).
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