5th Sunday of Easter
Jesus was a carpenter like his father, Joseph. He worked with a saw and a hammer, wood, and stone. He could build anything, even the Kingdom of heaven or a universal church. Yet, the first companions he called were fishermen, not building contractors. Jesus addressed Peter as the rock foundation of his new church that would stand forever.
The post-resurrection Peter bears scant resemblance to the boastful fisherman who shamefacedly denied even knowing Jesus, but who today preaches good news and encouragement to newly baptized gentile converts and in this profoundly theological letter attributed to him, proudly proclaims to them and the world: Come to Jesus, a living stone… the cornerstone… and let yourselves be living stones as part of a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (2nd reading).
As living stones then, we have all been called out of the darkness of an unenlightened and often rudimentary faith and religious practice—into the wonderful light and appreciation of our brother Jesus, who masterfully enlists the use of our gifts as construction components of his church. His presence and guidance are always near in the Eucharist to nourish our personal relationship. His delight is to work side by side with us and to number us within a holy priesthood of the faithful who offer the ordinariness of daily duties and encounters as acceptable acts of praise and worship.
Together with Jesus, we build the church of today. Do you believe it?
Let us pray:
Lead us ever-living God to share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave shepherd has gone before. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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