On Monday evening, I attended a master class taught by Olivier Latry, the principal organist at Notre Dame in Paris. As one of the students was playing, he kept asking her “Where are you going?”

It’s a common thread in music – the notes don’t have much interest if they’re not leading somewhere. The choir hears me belabor this point each week as we rehearse the psalms and anthems. All words are not equal, nor are all notes. Latry was trying to get the student to understand the phrase of music she was playing – giving it a little forward momentum where needed and also realizing when the end of the phrase had arrived. Music would not be very interesting to listen to if it doesn’t have forward movement. Even the slowest of pieces “goes” somewhere eventually.

It’s not unlike our daily lives. Everything we do each day has varying degrees of importance. Some tasks are more important than others. Thus, washing ones hands in the morning might not be as important as the critical conference call you’ve got to make a 3:00 p.m. The light snack in the afternoon is not as important as breakfast earlier in the day. You get the idea.

But I’m wondering if we open our perspective a little wider what we might notice. Rather than daily activities, look at your life in a weekly perspective. Where are you going? I hope you literally have gone to church that week. But, is church for you the start of a week, or the conclusion of the week? I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to that. But how one answers that might help to frame your outlook of the entire week.