Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?
The Mosaic law, summed up in the ten commandments (Exodus 20) lays out the outline of a pathway that is life-giving for all. But the story of humanity seems to so often be centered on our failure to navigate this way faithfully, leading to chaos and trouble—especially for those among us who are most vulnerable—even as they are not the cause of this trouble. We know this.
But this is not the end of the story for a God on the side of the poor, on the side of the earth, on the side of everlasting life. God always seems to be up to something new that pulls through the golden threads of God’s way of shalom—justice, peace, and well-being.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This story of salvation is one that constantly surprises us—those of us who think we have it all figured out, and those of us who long for what we know could be. To some it is received as threat, but for all it is good news. We must only learn to see it, to receive it, to welcome it and water it and nurture it. And in a time when the old models and the old institutions seem to be failing us, this requires careful and intentional listening.
Enter into worship.
Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 † Psalm 19 † Philippians 3:4b-14 † Matthew 21:33-46
About the Art: Lange, Dorothea. Children in a Democracy -- On Arizona Highway 87, Maricopa County, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55632 [retrieved October 3, 2023]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:On_Arizona_Highway_87,_south_of_Chandler._Maricopa_County,_Arizona._Children_in_a_democracy._A_migra_._._._-_NARA_-_522527.jpg.
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