"From Tombstone to Living Stone – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter" by Msgr Pope.
A while back I emailed Msgr. Charles Pope, a popular blogger, to ask if I could reference his writings once in a while because they are very, very good and I could never aspire do better.
Below are excerpts from his homily with photographs from Chartres, France, a town I recently visited. This is my second in a series on Chartres. The first can be found here.
In the Epistle for today’s Mass (1 Peter 2:4-9), we are summoned to this new life and told what some of its characteristics are.
The Call of Salvation
The text says, 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.
The Choice for Salvation
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone...
What is meant here by cornerstone? We usually think today of a ceremonial stone with an inscription and possibly some historical things inside. But “cornerstone” here refers more to the stone at the bottom of an arch or the row of bricks that supports the whole arch...We are all leaning on Jesus and he is the perfect stone who carries our weight.
The Characteristics of Salvation
Our Place - The text calls us a holy nation. To be ”holy” means to be “set apart.” Hence we are called out from the many to be a people that is set apart for God. And while all are invited to Christ, only those who accept the invitation receive the grace to be called a holy nation. As such, we should understand that our role is not to “fit in” with this sin-soaked world, but rather to stand apart from it, to be recognizably distinct from it.
Our Proclamation - The text says that the Lord has acted in our life so that you may announce the praises of him, who called you out of darkness into his own, wonderful light... This is a central and necessary characteristic of those who are no longer tombstones, but living stones. Photos taken canonization week of two Popes.
The entire post here.
May 18, 2014.
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