Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Gospel Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?"
The cornerstone is important because all other stones will be set in reference to it, thus determining the position of the entire structure. It had to be plumb in its height, width and length to be accepted by the builder. Anything else was rejected.
The scriptures speak to us of rejected stones becoming cornerstones both in the OT story of Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt by envious brothers and in the gospel, Jesus who was rejected by the Pharisees and scribes.
Rejected by men, they never the less became cornerstones: Joseph would rise in political power in Egypt to become the savior of the very brothers who rejected him and Jesus would rise in Glory to become the savior of the whole world; their humility, fidelity and steadfastness enabled God to turn them into cornerstones of faith.
Maybe you think because you’re not 'good' enough, smart enough, or rich enough that God can't use you but you don’t need to be rich, powerful or famous to serve God. He isn't looking for perfection in length, width and height but rather humility, faithfulness and steadfastness.
Lent asks "are you ready to become a cornerstone? Peace.
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.