Matthew 21:42-43 NRSVue

42Jesus 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’?

43“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces its fruits.

Some thoughts on this scripture

The stone at the top of the arch holds the arch together. Without its strength and correct positioning, the arch would fall. Like the cornerstone, the keystone is an image of Jesus. The one rejected by many has become the centre of our faith and our lives. People's rejection of Jesus only strengthens his relationship with his father, who makes him the keystone and the centre of gospel-faith. He knows our weakness and the pain of rejection; is this what makes us want to be close to him and to follow him closely?