Easter 5 - Year A
1 Peter 2:2-10
G*D, cornerstones, spiritual life, etc., etc. are all in the eye of the beholder.
Destiny? Fate? Original Sin? Circumstance? Nature? Nurture? Training? all can be attributed to actions and their short-term consequences (if any).
Of course assigning meaning is a dangerous path to travel down. It is awfully easy to assign anyone who does life differently to one scrapheap or another and claim it to be their fate. It is likewise all too easy to move from judging people to assigning a date and time for an end-time. Likewise, how hard it is to not pat ourselves on the back and claim G*D is on our side, we’ve been blessed, and so the inescapable conclusion is that we are predestined as part of an elite 144,000 out of all the people who ever lived.
Two important keys wrap around this passage:
Verse 3: “If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” you will be able to escape the destiny mode.
Verse 10b: ...once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” and if such change can be mine, it can be anyone’s at anytime.
Remembering these bookends may help put what comes between them in a better light. Without these comforting arms we get pretty privileged and exude exceptionalism.