He’s the Man

The following is proof that the Gospel can be found anywhere and everywhere, even in hip-hop. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen says, the Gospel and especially the Passion narrative contain the greatest drama in human history, and so they are impossible to get away from.

“…the Sacrifice of the Cross is not something which happened nineteen hundred years ago. It is still happening. It is not something past like the signing of the Declaration of Independence; it is an abiding drama on which the curtain has not yet rung down…

We were not conscious of being present there on Calvary that day, but He was conscious of our presence. Today we know the role we played in the theater of Calvary, by the way we live and act now in the theater of the twentieth century.” —Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass

All people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, participate in this ongoing drama. It’s up to Catholics to recognize the truth in the theater of our culture today, and redirect it to the source of Truth who is Jesus Christ.

I found some of the Gospel in “The Man” by Aloe Blacc on the radio this morning. It’s a catchy song that’s on the border of soul and hip-hop, and some of the lyrics could be applied to Jesus, because He really is THE MAN.

[Chorus:]

Well you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
(1) Go ahead and tell everybody
(2) I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man
(3)
Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am
I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man

[Verse 1:]
I believe every lie that I ever told
Paid for every heart that I ever stole
I played my cards and I didn’t fold
Well it ain’t that hard when you got soul (this is my world)
Somewhere I heard that life is a test
I been though the worst but I still give my best
(4) God made my mold different from the rest
Then he broke that mold so I know I’m blessed (this is my world)

[Bridge:]
Stand up now and face the sun
Won’t hide my tail or turn and run
(5) It’s time to do what must be done
(6) Be a king when kingdom comes

[Verse 2:]

(7) I got all the answers to your questions
I’ll be the (8) teacher you could be the lesson
I’ll be the (8) preacher you be the confession
I’ll be the quick relief to all your stressin’ (this is my world)
(9) It’s a thin line between love and hate
(10) Is you really real or is you really fake
I’m a solider standing on my feet
No surrender and I won’t retreat (this is my world)

(1) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28: 18-20

(2) So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” —John 19: 5-6

(3) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” —Exodus 3:14

(4) “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” —John 6:51

And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. —Luke 24: 34-35

(5) “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” —Luke 9:22

(6) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” —John 18: 36-37

(7) And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” —Mark 12: 28-31

(8) When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. —Matthew 11:1

(9) Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” —John 14: 23-24

(10) And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” — Mark 7: 6-8

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