Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 5, Ps 30, Rev 5, Jn 2
Saint(s) of the Day
St. Marculf. See https://www.catholic.org/saints/sofd.php?date=2022-05-01 for more information and other saints of the day.
Reflections & Song Idea
Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. We are still celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus and the time he spent afterward in His glorified body with the Apostles.
The first reading for today, I think, has a lot of implications for our time that we are living in now, and it might make you reflect on your own personal experiences while you are writing a song this week. It is the story of the Apostles being ordered by the Sanhedrin to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, and they say, “We must obey God rather than men.”
Has there been a time in your life when you felt like you couldn’t talk about your love of Jesus or even ordered to not talk about your religious beliefs? Did you do it anyway?
Maybe if this hasn’t happened to you, perhaps you can make up a story song and a character in the story who is dishonored by the world because he or she has honored Jesus in public.
In the Gospel story we hear of the Apostles catching enormous amounts of fish when Jesus tells them to drop their nets in the water. Perhaps you could just write a song about fishing – using some of the imagery and words from this Gospel reading. Since it is Easter I would suggest making it a happy song about perseverance, prayer, and obedience to Jesus being the key to catching a lot of fish, as is told in this Gospel reading.
The Song Form
The song form chosen for this song is a happy and soulful 4/4 chord progression with an AABA form in the key of C Major. The rhythm is a little funky, and it suits itself to the sort of song people can sing with a little smile on their faces. See if you can come up with a memorable melody and hook – it might be a song about fishing, right?
This song form is just to get you started. Feel free to use it as is or change the chords, rhythm, time signature, or key. The song you write should be your own, and this form is just to get you started.