Music and the Christian

28 March 2006

Today I was walking home from band with a band mate. I’m not particularly close to him, but we talk once in a while. He suddenly asked me, “Are you Christian?”. I was like, “Why?”. He said I seemed to have some ‘Christian aura’, but he guessed that I wasn’t. He said I lacked ‘responsibility in my music’. I was wondering what the hell he meant. Predictably, he was referring to my lacklustre performance during practices. He advised that I should get more practice. And he’s right. I think I should.

Wow, so there are people who think that Christians are responsible and not screwed up. Laudate Dominum!

I try to be a good Catholic boy, but it’s hard. Oh, I gave Pei Suan a Green Scapular today. It’s her birthday gift. I’m glad she accepted it. Domine, fiat voluntas tua!

Music is good for the soul. It is a work of art, a good recreation. He, who sings, prays twice.

It seems like Baptism confers this so-called Christian aura. Can we label this ‘aura’ as ‘grace’? Certain sects believe that Baptism does not confer grace; they believe that it’s simply an outward sign. Fools.. It’s not merely their faith that keeps them from harm but their baptismal grace. The best part is that they don’t even realise it. Those confirmed are even more powerful, for they are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Sounds good eh? If only everybody in the world made use of their graces, then the world would be a better place.

And Legion. Legion is, sadly, becoming a pain in the neck. Another guy left us on Saturday, so now I’m left with 1 over aged chairman (me), a cynical vice-chairman, and a secretary who is taking O levels this year. Excellent. Not to mention that our recruitment has been postponed repeatedly. I must carry it out next week, or it will be the end of us.

It’s highly likely that I will be appointed as a Curia officer. I wish I could refuse, but the same question comes back to haunt me every time: If I don’t do it, who will? I’ll possibly join the adults group, though I do not relish the thought of having to listen to aunties preach for several hours during their weekly report.

I want to play my own music, but God chooses different songs for me. How can I refuse?

To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp: why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him, the salvation of my countenance and my God.

I will play his music, though I do not know how to read the notes, nor count the rhythm. At least I have a song.

Truly a man is finished when he has no song in his heart.

I hear you call my name, Lord,

And I am moved within me.

Your Spirit stirs my deepest self.

Sing your songs in me.

2 Responses to “Music and the Christian”

  1. 1 Andrew June 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Several years ago, a new priest was posted to a parish. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus. And he wasn’t wearing his clericals. After he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

    As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, “You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.”

    When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.” The driver with a smile replied, “Aren’t you the parish priest in town? I have been thinking lately about going back to Church. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at Church on Sunday”

    When the priest stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, “Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.”

    Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians and will put us to the test! Always be on guard and remember (as I try to remember) that you carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself “Christian.”

    Sometimes, all we can do is to just do the best we can and leave it all up to God. Don’t sweat the Legion thing tho… something similar happened when I led the youth but it ultimately turned out well, after I told the Lord ‘It’s Your youth group so if You want it to work, You gotta cut me some slack…with all due respect’ =)

    Anyway, you know what they say, the surest way to make God laugh is to tell Him your plans. Cheers.

  2. 2 War in the pocket June 13, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Actually things are much, much better now. =)

    Thanks for your counsel!

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