HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK LENT.
THEME: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The experience of rejection to be found in both readings today. Joseph is rejected by his brothers who were jealous of Joseph because their father loved him more than any of his other sons. They intended to kill Joseph, but, in the end, they threw him into a well and sold him on to some foreigners who were heading to Egypt. Joseph, the rejected one, rose to a very prominent position in Egypt. He went on to become the saviour of his brothers. At a time of great famine in the land of Canaan, later the land of Israel, his brothers had to go to Egypt for food and it was Joseph who was in charge of Egypt’s food supply at the time.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus quotes from the psalm, ‘it was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone’. Jesus, of course, is speaking about himself. He was rejected by the religious and political leaders but he went on to become the keystone, the foundation of the church. Jesus’ experience of rejection did not have the last word. God worked powerfully in and through that experience of rejection and brought great good of it, not only for Jesus but for all who believe in him.
There may be times in our lives when we feel a little bit like the rejected stone. We reach out to someone and they spurn us or do not respond to us. We can feel hurt and upset, annoyed with ourselves for leaving ourselves so vulnerable. Yet, those painful experiences in life can contain the seeds of new life. The Lord can work powerfully through them for our ultimate good. The experience that we might have considered at the time as totally negative turns out to bear rich fruit in our lives. We learn something from it; we grow through it. What seemed like an experience of death becomes a moment of new life. The Lord can always transform the rejected stone into the keystone. What he did for his Son he can do for us all.
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