Since our second reading continues in Peter’s first letter, I thought I would continue some of my thoughts from last week, especially since Peter is talking about “the living stone, the cornerstone” that is Jesus. You may want to pull out your missalettes again, and take a look at the reading along with me. He says: “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” This comes from Psalm 118. It might mean the cornerstone of the temple, or it might mean the capstone of the temple.
What is a capstone? If you look at an arch made of stones, the very top stone is shaped with different angles, and holds the entire arch in place. All the other stones are uniform in size and shape. But the capstone, when it slides in place holds the entire arch in place. This is a great metaphor for who Jesus is. He holds everything in place.
What is a cornerstone? In modern buildings, it indicates the year the building was made. But in ancient times, the cornerstone was also specially made, like the capstone, but for the purpose of drawing the base lines of the building. The entire structure would be built …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts