“What music can teach us” – Seeds of Faith – July 11, 2022

Music is an important part of our society. It is scientifically proven that music helps us in life.

Psalm 98 tells us that “Sing to the Lord a new song, for God has done marvelous things.” What then are the things that music can teach us in life?

First, Music can teach us that we need to do meditation.

Music helps us meditate. When we meditate, we connect ourselves to God.

Doing meditation must be intentional. You must set aside a time and a place without disturbance. Your sole focus must only be for reflection.

We must also write our meditation. We can learn from the writers of the book of the Bible. They wrote their reflections and this is why we have the Word of God.

We also need to share our meditation. Paul for example shared his reflections to churches and individuals. Because of this, we are still reading Paul’s letter after 2,000 years.

Second, Music teaches us that we have a certain role that God has called us to do.

In a choir, there is a soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. If you do not know your role then you will be out of tune or you will ruin the choir. This is the same with life. We must know our role and perform it. The Church is the body of Christ. Paul reminds us that every part of the body is important. Meaning, everyone has an important role to play. Do not say that your role is the most important or the least important.

We have our different gifts yet when put together it becomes beautiful.

Third, Music teaches us to internalize the message.

Music is to be felt in the soul. If we internalize the message of a song, it speaks directly to our soul.

In short, what is the message of the Gospel that we need to internalize? The message is that God is love. God loves us, and Jesus showed this love by dying for our sins. We enter a new covenant with God and this is based on love. We must love God with everything that we have, and we must love each other. Let us internalize this message every day.

So, the next time we hear music, remember that it teaches us real-life lessons.

May God bless us all!

Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications