Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 26, 2014
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
There are 613 laws in the Torah; 248 “you shalls” and 365 “you shall nots.” The Pharisee in today’s Gospel asks a typical question of the time, asked of any rabbi by his disciples: Put these in order; tell us which is most important. Christ responds with what we know as the Great Commandment, which would not be surprising. The surprise comes in the “second, like it.”
How can we, pastoral leaders and musicians, apply these commandments to love? How do we prioritize 399 rubrics in the GIRM, or 259 paragraphs in Sing to the Lord, let alone all of the other rules and regulations that are part of our ministry and work?
We must be willing to ask ourselves if we are following laws and rubrics simply because they are there or because of our desire to show love for God and our neighbor, through our best efforts in liturgy and the rest of life? Do we carry out the two commandments to love in our interactions with fellow ministers, the parish family, and the wider community? Do we work to deepen our relationship with God, which in turn reveals God in our neighbors? As God loves us, let us return that love, and share it with each other!
O Lord, my strength, may my life be a perfect song of love to you and all of your creation. Amen. Alleluia!
Sean E. Whelan
Immaculate Conception Church
Traverse City, Michigan
St. Michael's Music Ministry Advent Concert - December 5 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
The Vienna Boys Choir - December 17 and 18 at St. Mary's Church, Gayton Road (tickets $40 in advance October 11-19 at St. Michael's)
David Haas and Lori True - February 5 and 6 at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD