All of us have at least one thing on which we rely in times of duress. Many have more than one: whether it is a principle, a particular tangible item, some person, a remembrance.....something that helps us stay rooted. I think of these as cornerstones of our lives, of ourselves, of how we define and understand life.
Jesus tells a parable that condemns the ruling religious class of his day: the vineyard owner leasing out the land, and the lessors not living up to their part of the lease; stoning and beating the rent collectors and then killing the son the vineyard owner sends to collect the rent. And Jesus says The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
These cornerstones in our lives, the ones that help us through, can be, and probably are, personal and unusual....particular to us. One of the things we are reminded of today by Jesus is that we have him, always, as our chief cornerstone. That when those cornerstones that we have invented to help us, don't anymore, we can, and should always, turn to him and rely on the one cornerstone that is immoveable and ever-present and unfailing.
Copyright 2011, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Allie Running on the Flats, 2008, jfd+