We are precious in the eyes of the Lord. We are invaluable. We are cherished. We are highly esteemed. We are really loved.
Why? Does God love us so much because of something or other that we have done? Why are we so precious? He loves us for whom we are unique reflections of His love in the world. He loves us because he sees in each of us the love He has for his Son, Jesus. He loves us because each of us carries on the life of Jesus in the world.
Jesus is the rock that has been rejected by the world but has become the cornerstone of the New World. We are the living cornerstones. The Church is the building of the spirit of God. Jesus is the great high priest who was rejected by the status quo and thrown out of the Temple, crucified outside the city. We are the holy priesthood, people carrying on the priestly presence of the Lord making God present to others and others present to God. Jesus is the Light for the World, the one who dispels the darkness of sin. We are the light of the world. Those who are called to bring hope and light to a world living in fear and darkness.
We are precious to God because He sees his Son at work in us.
Therefore, we have to be aware and attune to our dignity as children of God. We have to treat ourselves and each other with the respect a child of God deserves. There are many times that we are tempted to go along with a philosophy of life that treasures actions that are in themselves self destructive.
We are precious to the Lord. We carry the image of his Son within us and among us. We have to hold our heads up through the muck of society. We have to have enough self respect to avoid degrading ourselves by giving in to what everyone else says is acceptable in this modern day but what we know is unacceptable in any day.
In his address in Washington at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI says: «Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience –almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad. The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue, self-discipline, sacrifice for the common good and a sense of responsibility towards the less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life and to bring one’s deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. In a word, freedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must constantly be won over for the cause of good. Few have understood this as clearly as the late Pope John Paul II. In reflecting on the spiritual victory of freedom over totalitarianism in his native Poland and in eastern Europe, he reminded us that history shows, time and again, that "in a world without truth, freedom loses its foundation", and a democracy without values can lose its very soul. Those prophetic words in some sense echo the conviction of President Washington, expressed in his Farewell Address, that religion and morality represent "indispensable supports" of political prosperity».
We have to stand tall with the Lord. For we are the Church, we are the royal priesthood; we are the people whom God has chosen to bring light to all who live in darkness.
May the choices we make in life be only those that reflect the dignity we have been gifted with by the Lord of life.
 Sunday 20th April, 2008, 5th Sunday of Easter. Readings: Acts 6:1-7. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you—Ps 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 18-19. 1 Peter 2:4-9. John 14:1-12.
 1 Pe 2: 9.
 Cfr Psalm 118:22.
 Cfr Spe Salvi, 24
 Cfr Centesimus Annus, 46