Seeking New Band Members

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016


During one visit to Cleveland for a catechetical conference, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. I love learning the stories of bands and how they rose to fame. I love to see artifacts of days gone by, sharing with me a time I have only heard stories about and some even reminding me of the days of my youth. But it is the music that makes it all worthy of my attention. Without the music, the stories and memories have no appeal to me or anyone else.

People who come together with a singular purpose create good music, the kind that people continue to listen to for generations. When you belong in a really good band, it is more than a job. You are a part of something larger than yourself and when working collectively with the other members of the band, you can become creators of something magical.

But when a good band breaks up, the magic ends. Sometimes it is due to inflated egos, inequity in finances, or mistrust. A band member may think they can just start another band or join an existing one and the new chemistry will again lead to the creation of good music. But too often, the result is never as good as imagined.

The Body of Christ is like a band that always is able to produce great music. The bandleader is always faithful and always has the best interest of the band in mind. If his band mates can steer clear of ego, jealously, and mistrust of one another, the band will persevere and continue to make a glorious sound. And even though that melody will always be pretty, it is most beautiful when the entire band is ready to give all they have for their leader. And those who will stay devoted to the band will one day rejoice in a heavenly hall of fame.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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