February 16, 2020: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Here, the Collegeville Composers were inspired by Matthew 5:18 in the long form of this Sunday’s Gospel:
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.
but preferred the rendition in Mark 13:31:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Both 1st Reading and Gospel focus on keeping the commandments and the law of the Lord, and this led the composers to select large extracts from Psalm 119 for the accompanying verses, including verse 103:
Your promise is sweeter to my taste
than honey in the mouth
with its obvious connection to the sweetness of receiving the Lord in Communion.
The music of the antiphon illustrates the meaning of the text, seeming to fade away in the repetition of the last three words.