Rev Andrew J Demotses
THE LEAST AMONG US
Mary and I recently went to Lenox, MA to hear the Berkshire Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Verdi’s Requiem. We arrived at the concert hall early and eagerly anticipated hearing this extraordinary masterpiece of music. As we sat quietly, the orchestra members began assembling on the stage in preparation for the start of the concert. I happened to notice one musician who entered the hall, took out his instrument, arranged his music and made himself comfortable in a seat just in front of me. After the orchestra was seated, the 240 members of the chorus entered and took their places on the raised platform at the rear of the stage, followed by the four soloists and the conductor.
Within moments, the conductor raised his arms, a hush fell over the audience, and the glorious music began, with all the chorus and orchestra playing intently—all except that one man. He remained seated and silent. Slowly, the music built to the great climax depicting the awesome moment of the Last Judgment. The time had come for this man to play. Raising his instrument, a tiny triangle, he adjusted his score and waited until the conductor turned to him. Then getting his cue, he played a single exquisite note that completed the movement, then promptly sat down, as the performance continued to its completion. Sounding that one note may not have seemed like much to most people, but, at that crowning moment, it was essential to the consummation of the performance.
So too, many people make up the body of Christ, which is the church, and each has a particular part to play. Some are given major roles, receive much attention, and are often heard. Others are given minor assignments that draw little notice but are nonetheless very necessary.
If you do not have a principal role, don’t feel ashamed or consider your God-given place unimportant in His working in history. Fulfill your responsibility with joy and earnestness. If on the other hand, you have many gifts and a large role, do not look down on others who seem insignificant. Whether our place is large or small, we are all called to remember St. Paul’s admonition that “we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker.” (I Cor. 12:22). Every gift, no matter how small, when offered to God, can be like the five loaves and the three fishes which fed the five thousand. – REV. ANDREW DEMOTSES
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