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Not Your Mother’s Christian Music

The Thirsting - published on 02/02/16

"Stepping Into the Day"

“You’re the only one I’m living for.”

The Thirsting: Think the Green Day of Catholic music. Daniel Oberreuter is the leader of this high-energy punk rock band, and he’s joined by Evan Labrant, John Paul Von Arx and Mark Briksa.

The band, which has three albums out, is breaking the mold, making you rethink your image of Catholic music. Their sound is unexpected and upbeat, their message uplifting and compelling. Ask Daniel his mission as a musician, and he answers without hesitation: inspire people to love and follow Jesus. He’s proud to be Catholic and wants to share with his audience all the wealth the Church has to offer, especially Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and Mary and the rosary.

The sacrament of confession makes its way into the music video the song “Stepping into the Day.” The song came about when Daniel saw a park sign that said, “Open daylight hours only.” We’ve all had things happen to us. We all have weaknesses. We all fall short. And our tendency in these moments is to run and hide. We find home in the darkness.

But God has called us into the light. Christ has left us with this beautiful gift of confession where he is waiting for us to come back to him, and where we can hear the words, “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.” He wants to heal us, to make us whole. He calls us to live, and to live in the light.

The Thirsting Band – Highlight Reel from Vik Sklyarov on Vimeo.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into this wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

—Libby Reichert

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