What is My Cornerstone?
Malvern Minute

 

June 5, 2017 – Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it in eternity, says the Lord.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (12:1-12)

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes,
and the elders in parables.
“A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey.

At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants
to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard.
But they seized him, beat him,
and sent him away empty-handed.

Again he sent them another servant.
And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
He sent yet another whom they killed.
So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed.
He had one other to send, a beloved son.
He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
So they seized him and killed him,
and threw him out of the vineyard.

What then will the owner of the vineyard do?
He will come, put the tenants to death,
and give the vineyard to others.
Have you not read this Scripture passage:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;

by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?”

They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd,
for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them.
So they left him and went away.

 
Reflect: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The rejected stone is the beloved son in the parable; it is Jesus. Jesus is our cornerstone. He came with a message of truth, love, mercy, and forgiveness. He came to restore the Kingdom of God; yet people were threatened and made uncomfortable by his message.  He was put to death.  Clearly, the indictment in the gospel is made against the scribes, chief priests and elders.  But it doesn’t stop there. We are also the ones who sent Jesus to death. By our sins we reject his message.  Jesus’ message can make us uncomfortable. Sometimes we “cherry pick” what parts of the Gospel need to apply to our lives. We are often inclined to embrace the easy parts that don’t challenge our lives, while we leave the tough parts behind as if Jesus’ message can be carved into pieces that we can pick and choose.  Jesus is actually offering us help.  He wants us to build on him just like a firm building counts on a strong cornerstone to hold up all the pieces. May we experience the grace to build our lives like a great edifice upon the Divine cornerstone, Jesus the Christ.

Questions: What parts of the Gospel do I find difficult to accept or tend to ignore as if it doesn’t apply to me?  What does a life built upon Jesus as the cornerstone look like? Am I building my life upon Jesus or do I have goals, aspirations and activities that I’d rather hide from him?

Pray: Loving God, help me to bring every aspect of my life to you and build a glorious edifice with Christ as the cornerstone.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Boniface: Pray for us!                               

Saint Boniface belonged to the Benedictine Order. He was born privileged and was well educated, but he set out from his native England as a missionary to pagan tribes in Friesland (now Netherlands). That mission failed, but he was commissioned by Pope Gregory II to bring the Gospel to the north German people. He persevered building monasteries and establishing centers of learning, while fighting heresies. He convened the first German synod and was named the Primate of Germany. Toward the end of his life, he was permitted to return to Friesland where he was murdered in 754 by tribal warriors as he prepared to confirm a group of converts to the faith.

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