"Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:4-5
To those without faith, Jesus is an obstacle, a stumbling block, an obstruction on which they are destined to trip and fall. To those of us who are members of his family, however, Christ is our cornerstone, our foundation. He is the strong and solid base on which we are called to build our spiritual home.
Peter is inviting us to take part in something bigger than ourselves. He’s asking us to let ourselves be built into a spiritual house with other believers — to be fashioned into a holy priesthood– through our service and care for others. Christ the cornerstone is calling us to set aside our own wants and desires. He’s urging us to sacrifice our individual ambitions, and bind ourselves together, for the glory of God and the well-being of others.
In baptism, we become members of God’s royal family. We are incorporated into a sacred people, a holy nation. In Christ, we become living stones, each forming ourselves into individual family households. But we also are joining ourselves together to construct a much greater human family, the body of Christ. We are forming the church.
In a world becoming more fragmented and individualistic, it’s important for us to recall this missive from Peter and to remember our calling to be living stones with other members of the Christian community. Jesus, the stone the builders rejected, has become the cornerstone. He provides the solid and level foundation so the spiritual house we are building can weather any storm.