Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

Those breached the fraternity in hatred sold out own blood brother to slavery. Joseph was one of the victims of such a painful breach. Those breached the trust went further ahead and killed the one who trusted and entrusted with the inheritance. Jesus paid the price of the breach of trust. In both cases history proved that it was not the end of the victims, but a challenge to the victimizer. It was beginning of a new foundation upon which fraternity, forgiveness and self-sacrifice will flourish. For that foundation, Jesus became the cornerstone. Everything is redefined and rebuilt in Christ. While this strategic stone was rejected by the builders, it ultimately was placed by God in the key position of the entire building.

This world and the individuals today need to recognize this corner stone in Jesus and his Gospel. The attitudes of hatred and revenge as Joseph experienced need to pave way to a transformation as Jesus brought about in the unruly and ungrateful lives of those tenants. The destruction of enemies of the Son expressed by using a Greek word  likma? (crush/grind to powder) has the likeness of rock-crushing imagery in Daniel 2:44. This cornerstone at the same time is a crushing stone as well. The ultimate triumph of good and the definitive fall of evil is imminent as long as Jesus stays as the chief cornerstone.

Therefore, it is so important for Christ to be placed first in our lives because everything else that is placed in our lives will be set in reference to the message of Christ. Paul makes it clear: “No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:11). We are constantly nurtured and renewed by the rock foundation laid in Christ. “They drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” (1 Cor 10:4).


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