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My Mama's Marcato - Luke 4:16-21

My Mama’s Marcato
Musical Term of the Day:
Marcato - Emphasized, heavily accented.
Luke 4:16-21
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
THIS is the day that the Lord has made!  Let US rejoice and be glad in it!
BlogFam, In any number of musical compositions you will find marcato notes.  All notes are NOT equal in music.  The accent given to certain notes is the composer’s prerogative and in some way expresses the composer’s vision for how the piece should be interpreted when played by others.  Now, whether or not, you agree with where the emphasis should be placed, the marcato notation tells you exactly where the original composer has already indicated where these notes fit best in his or her vision.
There were many marcato lessons that were taught by my parents to myself and my siblings.  However, there was a very common phrase that my mother would regularly share with each of us that I know I will never forget. “THINK! THINK! THINK!”   As I write these words, I smile because I can hear her voice in my head.  Is there a phrase that your parent or guardian or mentor says that is stuck in the portals of your mind and you find yourself referring to that very phrase as words of wisdom today but found it slightly annoying when it was originally expressed to you?  Well, “THINK! THINK!THINK!” is the phrase that fits that category for me. {LOL! Love ya Mom!}  I tell you the truth. Friends, I just would cringe at times when that phrase came out of her mouth.  And it was not a gentle, smoothly flowing expression.  No!  It was definitely sharp, to the point, frank, and stern.  This was my mother’s signature marcato phrase which was heavily accented throughout my days in her house and even beyond!  “THINK! THINK!THINK!”
As much as that phrase could work my nerves, I knew then and I definitely appreciate  now that she only wanted me to be the very best I could be in EVERY area of my life.  One way of doing so was being able to THINK for myself and to THINK about the potential consequences of every choice I made.   I know that my mama’s marcato was only for my good and today, I can honestly say that I probably over-think a lot of things because she emphasized that I was capable and I was responsible to THINK about and THINK through EVERYTHING!
BlogFam, In our scripture for today, I really believe that what Jesus reads from the Prophet Isaiah is the Marcato of the Gospel which is written in the Key of Love.  We, as believers, need to know and need to be reminded of what really matters as we live our lives as witnesses for the Most High.  Now, whether or not, you agree with where the emphasis should be placed, the marcato notation read by Jesus in Luke 4 tells you exactly where the Original Composer has already indicated where our witness should be heavily accented.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
I do not think that it is by mistake that the first sermon preached by Jesus was a prophetic word that should be the central thrust of the Gospel we love so dear.  Unfortunately, this word has been manipulated, misappropriated, diluted, and de-constructed.  How? RE-READ our passage and ask yourself, in what ways have I lived out these words in my daily life – individually or in community?  Don’t worry. I have fallen short as well.  I can THINK about moments or special occasions or conveniently accentuated instances where living parts of this prophetic proclamation fit into my schedule and so I served in these ways.  However, as a lifestyle, I have NOT arrived.  Yes, I have some growing to do.  Please pray for your blogging sista! :)
Ladies and Gents, wouldn’t it be GREAT if we all were flowing in the Key of Love as designated by our Master Conductor and we all emphasized the same notes? Can you imagine a world or a church or even a committee that was on one accord and sought to heavily accent their lives by meeting the demands of this call?  BlogFam, in the words of my mama, “THINK! THINK! THINK!” 
Today, I hope that we would all embrace this passage as the marcato of our Christian witness.  I pray that you will ask God for opportunities to live out the demands of the Gospel.  I pray that you would not shy away from thinking about and thinking through what it means for YOU to be a witness on behalf of the Kingdom of God.  And today, I pray that even if you are annoyed by the emphasis of the Gospel to CARE and to SERVE the poor, the brokenhearted, the captive, the blind, and the bruised, I pray that your annoyance would push you to prayerful reflection and repentance, and then to action and compliance with the Original Composer’s vision for all of our lives.
God Loves You and I do too!
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