Although not one of today’s readings, this passage from the first letter of Peter encourages us to be stones – not cold, dead stones, but living stones. Then, together we are to let ourselves be built into a “spiritual house” and to offer “spiritual sacrifices” to God through Jesus Christ.
It’s stone cold outside, and at this time of the year being like stones scattered across the fields and in the woods all covered with snow is quite unappealing. Then again when gathered together and used to build a house with a warm stone hearth where people assemble, we take on a new look and function. That’s what Peter tells us to do.
Deacon David Pierce