Filed under: The Incarnation
The Gospel reading at Mass today, Monday, 6-4-07, is: Mark 12:1-12. In this reading Jesus is speaking to the chief priests, scribes and elders. Things got a little heated, when Jesus finally said to them,
“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’?”
As we know, Jesus is the wonderful “cornerstone” of a New Covenant and a New Creation, and He was pointing to this mystery and showing its fulfillment in Himself.
But Jesus also spoke of His Body as a temple (Jn 2:19-21). And St. Paul spoke of our bodies as temples (I Cor 3:16-17, II Cor 6:16-18). So let us go back now to the moment of the Incarnation, that one-cell stage of His life. At conception, that one cell was the “cornerstone” of His Body, just as the one cell stage of human development is the “cornerstone” of every human life. Not only is this “cornerstone cell” special, but it is engraved we might say by “the creative action of God”.
As Pope John XXIII said in his encyclical Mater et Magistra:
“Human life is sacred. From its very beginnings it calls for the creative action of God. By the violation of His laws, the Divine Majesty is offended…(#194).”
Those “builders of society” today, who reject new human lives in their earliest beginnings, that is, at the zygote or embryonic stage of life, who would experiment upon them and dispose of them as some waste product, are gravely offending God. They reject that very special “cornerstone cell” of a new person’s life, and then they destroy it. But this is an area where they lack expertise and jurisdiction. Only God has this sacred expertise and ultimate jurisdiction! The first living cell, the “cornerstone cell” of every person’s body and life must be respected not rejected!
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