A Lenten Word: Hebrews 10:35-36

We’re only two days into the season, and maybe we’ve already faltered. What is needed is confidence:

Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (NRSV)

Instead of abandon, the NABRE counsels against surrender.

One of the spiritual maladies I see in the Church is a lack of confidence. It is the prime thing holding back singers especially but also other musicians. A person joins a music group of choir. Great. Grace has brought them thus far. Explore that grace to its fullest. I see someone makes a mistake. Maybe I’ve heard it too, but I see the grimace, the shake of the head. The person has already surrendered to their error, and sadly, sometimes the mistake is repeated over and over.

Yes, there is much to learn and experience and we must make errors and grow through them. But we are on a journey. And for this sacred journey, endurance is required. And, of course, for the season of Lent too.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to A Lenten Word: Hebrews 10:35-36

  1. Liam says:

    How do you feel about the practice, which started in English choral practice, of people who are aware of making an error of raising their hand as a signal to the director that they are aware of the error (so that the director doesn’t have to review it, as it were)?

    • Interesting; had not heard of that. Often I let the error slide if in a repeated section, like a psalm refrain, and see if the person gets it the second time. But mainly I think of the situation at Mass, the telegraphing to the whole assembly something is wrong. I’ve also said to a repeat “offender” that if she must regret an error, to nod her head positively with a smile, so as to commit to doing it better next time.

      • Liam says:

        The idea is that it shows the singer herself/himself is aware of a mistake, the singers nearby know the singer is aware of the mistake, and the singer is committed to correcting the error. In its place of origin in boys choirs, failure to observe the rule could result in corporal punishment.

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