Why is it that I annoyingly forget the most simple, important things, and yet hearing one word or a phrase will remind me of a song—and immediately, without hesitation, I am able to recall all of its lyrics?
It can be a little embarrassing when it happens during Mass.
Today our pastor read a very stern passage from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus rebukes his listeners with severe, glaring words,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
But what my memory heard, and I pictured, was the Jesus in the musical Godspell yelling, "Alas, alas for you, hypocrites!" and it made me smile—just as Father continued reading,
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”
Here’s a video of what I envisioned:
At the risk of being judged for my distractions during Mass, here are two more “Scripture-related music videos” that I think you'll enjoy. Yes, I wanted to sing it like the nuns in Sister Act:
Hail Holy Queen, from Sister Act
Thankfulness Song, Veggie Tales