Seeking New Band Members

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016


During one visit to Cleveland for a catechetical conference, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. I love learning the stories of bands and how they rose to fame. I love to see artifacts of days gone by, sharing with me a time I have only heard stories about and some even reminding me of the days of my youth. But it is the music that makes it all worthy of my attention. Without the music, the stories and memories have no appeal to me or anyone else.

People who come together with a singular purpose create good music, the kind that people continue to listen to for generations. When you belong in a really good band, it is more than a job. You are a part of something larger than yourself and when working collectively with the other members of the band, you can become creators of something magical.

But when a good band breaks up, the magic ends. Sometimes it is due to inflated egos, inequity in finances, or mistrust. A band member may think they can just start another band or join an existing one and the new chemistry will again lead to the creation of good music. But too often, the result is never as good as imagined.

The Body of Christ is like a band that always is able to produce great music. The bandleader is always faithful and always has the best interest of the band in mind. If his band mates can steer clear of ego, jealously, and mistrust of one another, the band will persevere and continue to make a glorious sound. And even though that melody will always be pretty, it is most beautiful when the entire band is ready to give all they have for their leader. And those who will stay devoted to the band will one day rejoice in a heavenly hall of fame.

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