We continue our celebration of the Lord's resurrection with some familiar images of him that can give us comfort. First, Peter uses the words of the psalmist in describing Jesus as the stone initially rejected by the builders that then became the cornerstone. Then John writes that Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd, the one who lays down his life for his sheep. Let us reflect on how Jesus, who died for us, can be the cornerstone of our lives. In the first reading, we hear Peter preaching about Jesus again. He uses the line from Psalm 118 - "The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone" - to describe Jesus. This becomes the refrain for the psalm. We then hear from John in the second reading and the Gospel, comforting us with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and us as the children of God. Let us consider the richness of these images as we listen to them today.
In what ways can the Holy Spirit give me wisdom and courage to speak and act regarding issues in the world, in our country, in my community.