Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9

Come to Christ, a living stone, rejected by mortals but approved, nonetheless, and precious in God’s eyes.  You too are living stones, built as an edifice of Spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.  For scripture has it:

“See, I am laying a cornerstone in Zion;

an approved stone, and precious.

They who put their faith in it will not be shaken.”

The stone is of value for you who have faith.  For those without faith, it is rather,

“A stone which the builders rejected

that became a cornerstone.”

It is likewise “an obstacle and a stumbling stone.”  Those who stumble and fall are the disbelievers in God’s word; it belongs to their destiny to do so.

You, however, are a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart” to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into the wonderful, divine light.

The Word of God recorded in the first letter of Peter.