1 Peter 2:2-6
“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house,” vss. 4-5a
When people sign up for a trip to the Holy Land, they are likely anticipating a brief tour of ancient archeological sites and looking forward to “walking in the footsteps of Jesus.” And indeed that’s a part of the experience. Tour groups do see a lot of ancient ruins and travel through landscapes that would have been familiar to Jesus. Many people will even take boat rides on the Sea of Galilee and be immersed in the waters of the Jordan. But for most, the highlight of the journey will be the encounters with the “living stones” of Israel and Palestine. These are the men and women currently engaged in bringing good news to the poor and working for peace in a complicated, challenging, and often violent environment. As travelers listen to their stories and see what they’ve been doing, they are reminded of their own call to be living stones and often return home with new energy for mission. For many, it’s a life-changing experience and produces a renewed commitment to the One who is the Living Stone. Of course there is no need to travel overseas to encounter living stones. We can see them regularly in our faith communities…they are the foundation and the bulwark of the true Church of Christ on earth.
Thought for the Day: What are the properties of a “living stone”?