The words on the cornerstone of our Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels quote the prophet Isaiah (56) “My house will be a house of prayer for all people.” Cornerstones originally were set as the first block of a building that defined the axis of the structure and gave strength to the rising walls. Today, cornerstones take on a much more symbolic role, defining the function or philosophy of the building, recognizing that a building is just a pile of material without a role in the community.
The parable is a practical story about the Kingdom of God that we encounter each day in our own lives. Where is the ‘vineyard’ in which we work? Our homes and families? Our jobs? Our community? Our Church? Do we respect it as the holy ground that God has given to us to use and make fruitful? Are we willing to become the cornerstone of the Kingdom that supports, sustains and celebrates the reign of God here and now?
As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary, we can reflect on those people who formed the cornerstone for our parish community on which we have continued to build. We also ask that the Lord make our vineyard fruitful so that those who come after us might be strengthened and enriched by the work and ministry in which we have participated.