September 16, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord on the harp, with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.

I love music. Classical. Folk. Chamber and Country. Blue Grass and Mountain. Opera. Rock, even Rap and Hip Hop. Good liturgical music. I play the guitar, dulcimer, and piano. In those days, when I was engaged in study and discussions about the existence of God, I always thought that music was one of the best proofs for the existence of a loving God. (Love is the supreme proof.)

And so, I wonder what inspired today’s psalmist to write these words. Was he feeling one with the universe, his community, his God? Or was it an experience of love, the kind we read about in today’s first reading? Love is patient; love is kind. (It) rejoices with the truth . . . bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. And then the psalmist ponders, in what was likely the context of a liturgical celebration, a time when he is face to face with God who he shall know fully and be fully known.

It is so ironic that where we worship, there is only music at the live-streamed masses, not the in-person masses. I love to sing at Mass, or in the present situation, to listen to whichever choir sings at our live-streamed Mass. (We have three good ones.) And so, I can relate to today’s psalmist who sings a song of thanks to God with a harp or a ten-stringed lyre, instruments that can produce most beautiful sounds.

So, sing a song to God today for all the blessings you have — especially the loves in your life: family, friends, fellow parishioners, etc.

Let Us Pray:

During these difficult times, O Lord, I sing a song of praise and thanksgiving for the loves in my life: my family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, fellow associates, and members of the Eymardian Family. Blessed are you, O Lord. May your kindness be upon us who put our hope in you. Oh, how I wish I could pluck the strings of my guitar skillfully to show my gratitude. Amen.


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About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.