January 23rd. Worship.  After the recent church choir festival one old missionary shared with an old choir master friend.  “The Church in South Africa has changed so much in the last 30 years. I liked the traditional choirs and beautiful music we used to have.” “Yes, but in the church of today there is other “traditional” music and some excellent singing, and  dancing as well. People really do feel the spirit is alive. Whether we like it or not that is the best way to keep the youth close to Jesus and the Church.”

Reflect, share. Scripture: David brought up the ark of God with rejoicing. He danced before the Lord with all his might. All the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the horn. From 2 Samuel 6:12-19.   Pope Francis:   The deposit of the faith is one thing; the way it is expressed is another. The expression of truth can take different forms. The renewal of these forms becomes necessary for the sake of transmitting to the people of today the Gospel message in its unchanging meaning.  EG 41 Pray: in thanksgiving for the gifts of beauty such as music, dance and art. Choose appropriate action.