Wednesday March 29th Matthew 21 : 42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read 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"?
At the beginning of chapter 21 of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus has entered the city of Jerusalem to cheering crowds and joyful acclaim. Over subsequent days, Jesus' authority is constantly challenged. In between parables, Jesus here directly quotes Psalm 118 : 22-23. The "Cornerstone", or capstone, refers to the large stone used as a lintel, or to anchor and align the corner of a wall. Whilst I do not want to serve churches who are only concerned with what I call "polishing the bricks", I understand that many of our chapels have a real struggle to maintain their buildings as an agent of mission. As Jesus identifies himself as this "cornerstone" and later we are all called in 1 Peter 2 : 5 to be "living stones", we ask God to help us to strengthen our relationship with Jesus as the cornerstone to our lives of faith.
Jesus, our cornerstone, uphold and protect us, we pray, as we seek to serve you. Help us to place you at the centre of our lives so that we may be "living stones" proclaiming your Gospel of love.
Helen Bell Circuit Minister