Beloved, Â Â Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in Godâ€™s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:
â€œSee, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.â€
To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
â€œThe stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,â€
â€œA stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.â€
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Â Â But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Godâ€™s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.