This Sunday’s Music: XIII Sunday of Ordinary Time

So, we’ve been out of Eastertide since Pentecost, and yet, today is the first time we are sporting that Ordinary Time green. We Catholics just really like to celebrate, don’t we? That explains the use of white for the past two Sundays. And here we are now: we have now reached the longest stretch of a liturgical season that involves neither preparation nor festivity. But don’t discount “Ordinary Time” because it is “ordinary”. Over the next few months — until the end of the liturgical year in November —, we will receive scriptural instruction on key tenets of our faith and grow in the mystery of the Christ in our human history and lives.

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In both our First Reading from 1 Kings 19 and our Gospel from Luke 9, we hear about the importance of leaving behind all preoccupations if we decide to follow. We must take that leap of faith and trust that all will turn out well. In the refrain of today’s processional hymn, we affirm this notion by singing:

We’ve come this far by faith,
Leaning on the LORD.
Trusting in His holy word,
He’s never failed me yet.
Oh, oh, oh, can’t turn around.
We’ve come this far by faith.

We hear this again echoed in the Gospel versicle taken from 1 Samuel 3:9: “Speak, LORD; for Thy servant heareth” (KJV). If we hear the voice of God beckoning us to follow Him, we must abandon all material and psychological securities in order to usher in the Kingdom of God.


In this tender setting of Psalm 16 by Timothy Smith, we paraphrase the famous fifth verse: “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou maintainest my lot” (KJV). Our future lies in the sovereignty and providence of God. We hear His voice, and by following Him, we surrender our destiny to Him. Faith brings us thus far. We can’t turn back now!


Following in the message of today’s Responsorial Psalm, we affirm that we place everything in our mighty God’s trust and care with this lively song by the Florida Mass Choir:

All of my burdens, problems,
If I have a question …
Whatever the problem …
No matter how great or small,
He’s the Master of them all.
I put it all.
Yes, I put it all.
I put it all in His hands.


In this Marty Haugen classic, we pray that “the Spirit of love make us one indeed: / one, the love that share; / one, our hope in despair; / one, the cross that we bear”. In our Second Reading, Paul encourages us in declaring so: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Galatians 5:14). Truly so can we “be Your servants true” who are “Your love to all the world”. Truly so is the pain of our brothers and sisters ours, too, as is their joy. Let us take up, then, Paul’s charge to “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16).


We can have faith in the Lord. We can surrender to the Will of our providential Creator, Saviour and Guide. But the fact of the matter is that we do so because of who He is. He is our Provider, victorious and peaceful, and we worship Him for this alone. Confidently we sing in this gospel standard by Martha Munnizzi:

Because of who You are,
I give You glory.
Because of who You are,
I give You praise.
Because of who You are,
I will lift my voice and say,
”LORD, I worship You because of who You are”.


Yes, there is joy in the freedom that we have inherited in our adoption through King Jesus. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:1 to “[s]tand firm therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. So, let us not succumb to worldly matters, to those anxieties attached to our human nature (or as he calls our “flesh”). Instead, let us live out our freedom. What an opportune time to make this statement! Today, New York City celebrates World Pride and the efforts to liberate our marginalised LGBTQIA brothers and sisters, and this Thursday, we will celebrate the freedom of this beautiful nation of the United States of America. Let us ring out with joy and thanksgiving that refrain of “Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on", and let us sing loudly that profound verse:

In the beauty of the lilies
Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom
That transfigures you and me;
As He died to make us holy,
Let us live that all be free!
While God is marching on.

Can we get a resounding amen to that, SFDS?