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Gracious God

posted Mar 8, 2017, 12:02 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 12:02 PM ]
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Today’s Liturgy, composer Jesse Manibusan reflects “I wanted to write a song that might convey the mystery of the Incarnation, God made human; where God’s people, in every age, take their turn at being a living sign of God’s mercy, grace, and generosity in the world; not just a declaration of faith, but also a manifestation. My beloved mentor, the late great, Father Gregory David Comella, had always emphasized that God’s graciousness is God’s mercy, not merely an abstract theological notion, but a tangible, powerful, and transforming gift that had to be given away in our everyday living.

Verses one and two easily reflect the Lenten theme, [Lead us, Lord, into the desert; lead us through the wilderness...] but the subsequent verses convey loving God by loving our neighbor, that is, everyone. To be as gracious as our God is gracious. The first half of the chorus conveys God’s gift, ‘Redeeming Love, you give your life away.’ The second half reflects our response, ‘Receiving Love, we give our lives away!’

Another mentor of mine, Father Don Osuna, once reminded a group of liturgical musicians at an NPM Convention, a lifetime ago, “We venerate the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance during Adoration. At Communion during Mass, when we receive the Blessed Sacrament, are we, not living monstrances?’ I believe his point was don’t just pray and sing to, about, and for Jesus, but be Jesus in the world; in our words and deeds. Serve, sacrifice, welcome all who come our way, and in doing so, we reflect God’s gracious mercy and love.”