Have you ever been pressured to do something for which you were not qualified ?
A parishioner had died, and I was asked to play music for the funeral. I did not know the correct protocol, but my friend Veronica told that she would instruct me in exactly what to do. She said : ‘When you sees the casket comes into the church, then you starts to play the opening hymn.’
I followed her directions exactly, and started to play the opening hymn. : ‘Be Not Afraid.’ Then, I looked up and saw the presiding priest walking down the centre aisle. He looked furious ! He said to me, in a voice loud enough to be heard by the entire chapel:
‘You do NOT start the hymn until I finish my opening prayers.’ As he marched back to the front of the church, I blushed, and hung my head in shame. When the congregation saw how mortified I looked after my scolding, the unthinkable happened ; they started to laugh.
I gained experience, and played at other funerals before I left the Catholic Church earlier this year.
Jesus asks his followers to be assertive, and sometimes being assertive involves knowing when it is best to say no.