Saint Theresa Church - Rye Beach, NH
A Catholic Community
Rev. Msgr. Maurice D. Lavigne , Pastor
815 Central Road, PO Box 482
Rye Beach, NH 03871
FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
28TH Sunday in Ordinary Time.
This week’s Scripture readings are centered on God’s kingdom, his invitation to come to the feast, and our trust that he will supply our needs. We open our celebration of the Eucharist with the singing of, Table of Plenty, an invitation to us all to trust in the Lord’s goodness, and the promise of his kingdom.
In the First Reading, Isaiah prophesied, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide…a feast of rich food and choice wines…the Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face…the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain.” God feeds us with the finest wheat. He nourishes us with life-sustaining bread from heaven, living bread; our choicest wine, his very blood. His “mountain”, the eternal kingdom, is a place of eternal goodness. The Lord God, our Shepherd, will provide all that we need.
The Responsorial Psalm carries the same theme of God’s eternal kingdom where there is only green pasture, peaceful waters, goodness and kindness; where “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” Ps. 23:6, life eternal.
In the Second Reading from Paul to the Philippians, Paul wrote, “I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry.” The secret is this: when people share in each other’s hardships, God supplies their needs fully in Christ Jesus.
In the Gospel from Matthew, Jesus likened the reign of God to a great wedding feast that a king gave for his son. Many were invited; some ignored the invitation. One guest was thrown out for his disrespectful dress. In God’s reign, “many are invited, but few are chosen.” Not all will embrace what they have seen. At the Offertory, we ask the Lord to lead us in the ways of truth with the singing of, Lead Me, Lord, to open our eyes that we may accept his invitation to the feast. Make sure that you dress for the occasion!
Today’s Communion Antiphon states: “The rich suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.” If you think that you don’t need the Lord, you may be suffering from “richness”!
At Communion we sing, Gift of Finest Wheat, taking up the theme of the day with the knowledge that the blessings that we share are given to us by our God, who even in our sinfulness, supplies our every need. With living bread he feeds us, and with his sacrifice we are saved. “No greater love is there than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13. Love, the kind that will not let you go. At the 10:00 Mass, the Choir sings, O Love, by Elaine Hagenburg. This poignant choral anthem portrays that very love.
At the Closing of Mass, we sing Now Thank We All Our God, NUN DANKET, expressing in music the gratitude in our hearts for the wonders that God has done for us.
There’s a beautiful old hymn called, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, that comes to my mind. It’s a perfect fit for today’s liturgy. The music is the hymn tune, RESIGNATION, and the text, based on Psalm 23, was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). It first appeared in the American Folk hymnal, The Southern Harmony, in 1835. In 1992, it was included in the lineup of Journeysongs, a collection of music published by OCP, Oregon Catholic Press, the printer of our missals. It has since appeared in the index of other Catholic hymnals. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need is an example of a “crossover hymn”, a hymn that has come to the Catholic hymnals from another Christian denomination, just as some of our hymns have crossed over to theirs. Christians not only share the Scriptures, the love of Christ, and each other’s hardships, we share our music too!
Mary Lou Arcidi – Music Director
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