Matthew 21: 42
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in 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’?
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The thing is that Jesus had just told a parable in which there was a lot of rejection going on. Tenants rejecting the authority and the rights of the land owner. People killing other people is the ultimate human rejection. We can prolong the killing. We can increase the body count. But the ultimate rejection is death. When we are the most threatened, the most afraid, the most angry, the most hopeless, we do what we can. We reject one another. We reject life itself. Sometimes the trajectory of the world seems like it is careening out of control toward a massive debris pile of one rejection after the next. And there is God lifting up the most wretched among us, the most broken and twisted convinced that a world of redemption can be built of it. I admit that there are days when I wish God had a neater plan, but speaking as one of those wretched ones who has known rejection and done her share of rejecting along the way, I will stick with the plan God offers.
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Holy God, please assure us that you are bigger than our capacity to reject one another. Amen