1 Peter 2:4-9
This letter addresses Christians living in an environment hostile to their way of life.
Peter repeatedly reminds his listeners of the grace and call of Baptism, urging them to faithfully follow Christ, even in the face of rejection and suffering. This reading reminds us those who are baptized into Christ that he is the strong and sure foundation of their lives in faith. He too was rejected by humans but chosen by God for the work of salvation.
The Old Testament repeatedly looked forward to the age of salvation in which God would create a new Temple, a new house of God that could never be destroyed, The New Testament declares that the Christian community is the new dwelling place where God can be encountered and worshipped, and its cornerstone is Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22). With further allusion to Jewish texts, Peter also tells Christians undergoing trials that they are also the new Israel of the age of salvation, set apart as God’s people to offer praise with faithful lives.