The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118.22-24)
How well have we learnt this lesson? That we are very likely to overlook or reject the very people who would be God’s choice. It’s a core message of the Bible, as time after time powerful leaders prove deeply flawed while outsiders and rejects are given wisdom and the ability to see the truth. What would become of a young builder from Nazareth who challenged the values of the great powers of Rome and Jerusalem? What right has a schoolgirl have to criticise world leaders on their commitment to climate change? By the grace of God, there is strength in weakness.