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Rise Up

Here's a song for you, I hope you enjoy!

Do any of you like music, or even more than that, feel such peace and relief when either listening to a favourite band; you're able to breathe easy again. Music is a big part of liturgical worship in our world today, and it is key. I once heard the phrase that "if you pray, you're praying once, but if you sing a prayer, you're praying twice". There's such deep feeling of peace and grace given to us through God by participating in worship, dedicated towards Him. It helps us to focus more on God and the good things He's done, and TAKE US OFF OF OURSELVES! This is essential, especially in the chaos and stress given to every one of us in this world.

I personally love music, especially when it comes to singing. I've grown up singing in my parish choir, as well as school choirs and just for fun. Nothing brings me more grace than sitting down with my guitar and singing a good worship song after a long day of school and work.

Music is a form of worship, and therefore makes us active in a liturgical sense when we are sharing it with those around us. This connects with Jesus in today's Gospel. A man was in the synagogue with a withered hand. Being the sabbath, it was against the Jewish tradition to do any form of healing. However, Jesus saw this man hurting, and became active. He healed him, and said to those who opposed him that it was more important to save a life, and to heal, than to stand back and do nothing. Jesus was active, constantly trying to help those in need.

Our liturgy is important for us to take and use as tools in our everyday life as tools, especially in terms of music and worship. We are to go out and share the news about our good God and help change the world, not stand back like the Pharisees and let things go on as they do day in and day out. The key to doing this though is having that connection and relationship with God first. Only through God will you change the world. Find the time to strengthen your prayer life, Bible readings, conversation, the Rosary, even worship music. Whatever form of grace you need in order to do this, God will provide it, even something as simple and beautiful as a worship song. God is calling your name, rise up to the challenge!

Today's prayer comes from CatholicOnline:

Lord Jesus, may everything I do begin with You, continue with Your help, and be done under Your guidance. May my sharing in the Mass free me from my sins, and make me worthy of Your healing. May I grow in Your Love and Your service, and become a pleasing offering to You; and with You to Your Father. May the mystery I celebrate help me to reach eternal life with you.



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