I really like today's reading. Peter portrays the church as a living, spiritual house, with Christ as the foundation and cornerstone and each believer as a stone. This portrayal is very similar to Paul's portrayal of the church as a body with Christ as the head and each believer as a body part.
Both portrayals emphasize community. One stone is not a temple or even a wall just as one body part is useless without the others. In today's society, a very individualistic society, it is easy to forget our interdependence with other Christians.
In addition to Christian community, this passage points out the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives. When one builds a structure, what is the stone that really is important? Peter pronounces in his writing that Christ himself is that stone. However, Jesus is also called "the stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." Some stumble over Christ because they reject him or refuse to believe that he is who he says he is. People who refuse to believe in Christ are making the greatest mistake of their lives. They stumble over the one being who could save them and give meaning to their lives. Psalm 118:22 says, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone."
In closing, let's ponder a couple of questions that I feel summarize today's reading. What can you do, or what can I do, to affirm or build up someone at Saint Matthew's? Whom do you know who has had difficulty believing the gospel? What can you do, or what can I do, to help them believe?
Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,