In the days after Easter our readings during the liturgy speak of the growth of the church as well as the source of its growth, the Risen Christ, who abides with us in signs and mysteries.
The church’s growth is never easy; Stephen’s persecution, described in the Acts of the Apostles, tells us that.
But we have “Bread from heaven,” better than the heavenly manna. This bread keeps you alive forever.
“Sing to the Lord a new song; his praise is in the assembly of the saints.” We’ve been given a new song to sing each day, Augustine says in his commentary.
“A song is a thing of joy; more profoundly, it is a thing of love.” To sing we’ve been given the gift of love, a new convenant, a new promise of a kingdom.
“You have heard the words: Sing to the Lord a new song. Now you want to know what praises to sing. The answer is: His praise is in the assembly of the saints. If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise. Singers become the song.”