Ps 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The stone rejected by the builders

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing;  it is wonderful in our eyes.”

In these powerful words of Psalm 118, the earliest disciples of Jesus found the key to understanding the mystery of Christ Crucified and the still greater mystery of Christ Risen. As the world continues to battle our most recent pandemic, we remember the many faces of Christ Crucified throughout the ages, from those thrown away to die in the streets, to those herded into extermination camps; from those abused by family, friends or clergy, to those whose dreams and ambitions have utterly failed. As we celebrate this Paschal Feast, let us join the very first disciples of the Risen Lord as we remember and contemplate these beautiful words: what was rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

—Fr. Christopher J. Viscardi, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province teaching theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.


Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”

—Excerpt of Easter Sequence