The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” vss. 22-23Psalm 118:14-23
We don’t know what has happened, but the psalmist is celebrating a great victory. Against great odds he has prevailed over his enemies and he gives all the credit to the Lord. As he enters the temple to offer thanksgiving his mouth is filled with songs of praise. The words used to describe this triumph resonated with the disciples as they reflected on what had happened in Jerusalem during Holy Week. Jesus, the rejected one, had become the chief cornerstone, and his followers marveled at what had been done by the Lord. And then as the disciples went out with the gospel, this movement from rejection to triumph became a template for the life of the Church. Again and again there have been challenges, and always God lifts up unlikely leaders to save the day, people like St. Francis or Luther or Ghandi or King, rejected ones who risk their lives for goodness’ sake. Sometimes we see this in our own lives when times get tough. Often it’s the non-descript persons who are the greatest sources of strength. Those who appear weak end up being our most resilient supporters and friends, and in them we feel the strong hand of God. In these Easter moments we receive new life and hope is restored–and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Thought for the Day: The cornerstone of my life.