By Paul Golebie, Parishioner and Guitarist
This weekend we will be singing the music of Simon and Garfunkel at the 9:45am service. As we have celebrated these special music masses I always seem to find myself surprised at the amount of music with a spiritual dimension that can be found among commercial artists not really known for their religious music, at least not by me.
Most are probably familiar with the Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair and Bridge over Troubled Water. These iconic tunes all contain lyrics that we can see as having a religious dimension.
We could certainly see the “troubled water” as a reference to the division Jesus tells us he has come to sow in today’s Gospel. We can look to Him as the bridge over that trouble or any other we may experience in life. We can find peace if we hear His voice in the lyric “I will comfort you.”
The Boxer seeks “out the poorer quarters where the ragged people go”. Jesus sought out the poor and disenfranchised and we can emulate His example by doing the same. A quick review of our bulletin shows that there are many opportunities at St. Paul’s to provide comfort to those who need our help.
How often have we heard, “Ask and you shall receive”? Song for the Asking tells us to do just that and “I will play all the love I hold inside.” We often think of asking for “things” but this songs helps us realize that love is the most important gift we could receive.
As you listen to the music this weekend, be open to alternative interpretations you may not initially consider. There is something in each of these songs for every one of us. It may only be one or two lines that speak to you and there may be some that do not allow you to make a connection to anything meaningful at all. Being open will allow us to do what God asks, and what “the Sounds of Silence” tells us, “Hear my words that I might teach you.”