Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Notes on a staff for a musician are a form of shorthand expressing the universal language of music.  It is the conductor and the musicians together who interpret and translate those notes that are important to the symphonic whole.  

How are we, who call ourselves Christians, interpreting the exquisite symphony found in the richness of faith into our own lives?  Are we asking the blessed Holy Spirit to be our "Conductor", to touch the strings of our hearts, bringing forth beautiful music that sings of Christ to a music-starved world around us?

It is possible in any orchestra or musical group for a musician to take his eyes off both the conductor and the score in front of him and go his own way.  This only brings about discordant notes heard by those in the audience and his fellow  musicians as well.  But, as God's musicians, we have been shown a better way.

You on a flute may play a different note than I on my cello; but we together, as part of the larger orchestra, are perfectly synchronized when we play the songs the Chief Musician has written that we should play collectively. These lovely notes have been bound together in the life of the Church (incorporating Scripture and Tradition); and when we keep our eyes on this,  and our Conductor, and play with all our heart using the ability He gives, others will both see and hear the beauty that produces a true harmonic miracle.

"…but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord..."   Ephesians 4:14-15;19b-20

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