Second Reading: 1 Peter 2: 4-9
At this time in the course of human life, it is frightening and challenging. It is easy to feel small and unimportant, even forgotten. However, St. Peter reminds us that it is not true if we come to Jesus. He is the living stone, rejected by humans, but chosen and precious in the sight of God. We must let ourselves be built into a spiritual house upon Jesus the cornerstone. We, the baptized are a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. If we believe in him, we shall not be put to shame. If we believe in him, we have great value. Some who do not believe in Jesus, the cornerstone, will stumble and fall. If they neglect the earth they shall walk in darkness. If they neglect any of our brothers or sisters of humankind, they shall be put to shame. We who believe may neglect no one. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he has chosen to announce the praises of him, who has walked through the darkness; we stand in his wonderful light.
~ Fr. Paul