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Posted by / 24-Jul-2017 13:05

I feel that it is a poor song to bring into Mass (or even to consider Catholic for that matter). I think that message is clear from clean water and bread, but there's a grave difficulty here.

Let us consider the lyrics: For everyone born, a place at the table For everyone born, clean water and bread A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing For everyone born, a star overhead Okay, that's how it begins, and already I have complaints. Part of it falls back on the "for the many" and "for all" debate--in that Christ's redemptive sacrifice is offered for all but only efficacious for those who are willing to repent and follow Christ's commands--but the concern here is the confusion of what the offer really is.

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Second verse: For woman, for man, a place at the table Revising the roles, deciding the share With wisdom and grace, dividing the power For woman and man, a system's that fair I'm sorry, but I struggle enough with the political hijacking of the liturgy with "inclusive language". I'm sorry, but this verse is so obviously agenda-charged and focused especially at the male-only priesthood that it isn't simply bad theology, it is dangerous.

I really struggle here with this blatant slap in God's face of the order He created. Third verse: For young and for old, a place at the table, A voice to be heard, a part in the song, The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, For young and for old, the right to belong I don't have too much to gripe about here, other than the last phrase.

Moreover, to speak of the Eucharistic table as a safe place for growing casts a blanket over the fact that Jesus was crucified in this very sacrifice we're celebrating.In addition, when you consider that our calling to the Eucharistic table demands that we be willing to lay down our lives, if need be, in defense of the faith, as so many martyrs have in the past, and as so many people are do so even today around the world--to call the table "safe" spits on the sacrifices made throughout history.The only safety is the security of salvation, and that is only guaranteed if we persevere to the end.Or are we somehow referring to the fact that every human alive has a guardian angel looking out for him?And the confusion comes: do we mean a distinct star for every person, or one star alone for all people?

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The former interpretation is probably the most problematic, but is also the most likely because the whole verse follows the line of: each person has his own place, each person gets his own food, each person gets his own space. Taking the latter interpretation breaks the symmetry of the verse, and thus is much less likely. Now let's look at the chorus: And God will delight When we are creators of justice and joy Compassion and peace And God will delight When we are creators of justice...