Definition for Cornerstone
Different places in Scripture refer to a foundation stone, a cornerstone (cf. Is. 28:16; Zech. 10:4; and Ps. 118:22). The cornerstone is the body of Jesus — the NC Temple. This interpretation is confirmed by St. Paul when he writes, “Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it [SML] for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph. 2:20-22). That which grew into a holy
was his body — his soul didn’t grow, and his Divinity didn’t grow either. The reason Paul says “grew” is this: through matrimony with his bride (the Church), we become living stones built into that Temple (1 Pt. 2:5), thus making it grow. Temple
Scripture directly links the Temple, the cornerstone, and Jesus’ body (Jn. 2:21). This same direct linkage can be made to the story of Jacob (Gen. 28:11-19). Taking the stone upon which he had slept the night of his dream (he dreamt of angels ascending and descending a ladder), Jacob erected it as a pillar. According to God’s inspiration, Hildegard wrote that a stone is the very symbol of the Temple. Jacob’s erection of the stone pillar was a foreshadowing of the Son of God becoming incarnate. The stone is the symbol of unchangeable Truth incarnate. St. Cyprian of Carthage also directly links Jesus and stone by citing the following Scripture passages: 1) Is. 28:16 (the foundation stone from Zion).
Here are some apropos passages in Scripture:
1. Deut. 10:1-3 (the two stones tablets hewed after the first two were broken — the two that ended up in the Ark);2. Jos. 24:25-27 (the witness stone);3. Acts 4:10-11 (the rejected cornerstone);4. Gen. 28:11 (Jacob’s stone ‘pillow’ and pillar);5. Ex. 17:12 (the stone seat Moses sat on during the battle with Amalek);6. 1 Sam. 17:49 (the stone to the forehead of Goliath); and,7. 1 Sam. 7:12 (the stone that helpeth — called Ebenezer — set up by Samuel after conquering the Philistines).
St. Peter tells us, “Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pt. 2:4-5).
In other words, the members of the body of Christ, i.e., the Church, are also living stones, and the spiritual house is the
. How do we know the spiritual house referred to in this passage is the rebuilt Temple and not some synagogue-type meeting place? Only in the (the rebuilt) Temple are perfect and unblemished offerings pleasing and acceptable to God made to our Father (perfect salt, salted with the imperfect salt of our fallen body’s) by priests. Temple
 Hildegard, Scivias, 380-381.
 St. Cyprian of Carthage, “Treatise 12,” The Treatises of Cyprian (Third Millennium Media L.L.C., The Faith Database L.L.C., 2008), n. 16. Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi, n. 7.