Years ago my father decided to build an extension on to his garage, much of which involved stonework. At the time, I remember thinking this is what the Egyptians must have felt like because we didn’t use mortar, but used the stones themselves in order to build the structure.
Very carefully, we took care to place each stone against another. They had already been cut but even then, we had to turn and angle each one so that they would fit properly. Often, we would take straws and toothbrushes to get the dirt away. It was a long, hard project. But, when we were done, we knew we had built something that would last.
It is this idea that is at the center of our readings today. Peter tells us that we are living stones, John reminds us in the Gospel that Christ is the cornerstone, and that this house is big enough for many rooms – many dwellings.
The lessons for us the weekend are as rich as the imagery.
Anything that drives us apart is not of God. Notice that we are even to love our enemies. What divides us is always less foundational than what divides us.
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