Franciscan Easter Song: One Thing I Ask by Matthew Hardy

by Sister Julie Ann on April 19, 2014

Easter invites an awake,  straight-forward song. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s choice is Matthew Hardy’s One Thing I Ask. (Spontaneous St. Francis would probably add a free-flowing ALLELUIA chorus!) Psalm 27 expresses “boundless hope that God will bring rescue” (USCCB website commentary).  Enjoy a a free Easter music download.

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Comment on the Song ‘One Thing I Ask’

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature Matthew Hardy's One Thing I AskI wrote this song with my friends Emelia and Eric Lilly at their house after dinner one night. We were just singing some songs we all knew, and I started improvising some lyrics with Psalms 27 & 45 in mind, and also the writings of the Apostle Paul.

I think the song is about being present with what is in front you of you at the time, whether it be a person, or an image, or a tree. It doesn’t matter. We are beholding something beautiful at all times, in my opinion.

I have always been moved by the words of David. He reminds me of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, just “being” with him. It’s not about making plans, and going to the right movie, or the perfect restaurant, or the cab ride in between. If I like who I am with, I don’t care what we’re doing, I’m just thrilled I am with her, and I would be content to stare into her eyes for an hour over a cup of coffee, or even a glass of water;

Water into wine, is what I am imagining as I experience the miracle of good company, and communion with another;

I watch her walk toward me, and look over my shoulder as we part.

That is all I ask, and in my experience, that is what is always available to me. No one can take that away from me. No one can touch that kind of ownership and responsibility for my own happiness and peace, even bliss. This is how I live, with the confidence that I am, truly in perfect peace, here, now, in this moment. Rejoice.

– Matthew Hardy


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43 thoughts on “Franciscan Easter Song: One Thing I Ask by Matthew Hardy”

  1. Brittany says:

    Sometimes we all need to take a step back to rejoice in the Lord. This song is a great reminder of that.

  2. Sr. Julietta says:

    As I listen I am reminded that Jesus the Savior of the world has risen to se me free, free from my sins!

  3. T.R. says:

    My thoughts as I listen…this is a psalm “one thing I ask and this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord for days to come.” (rough quote) I think of eternal life with Christ, the kingdom of glory.

  4. Cassie. says:

    I read the commentary by the artist on the song and I like what he had to say about living in the moment and being happy with the beauty around us.

  5. Lyndsay. says:

    Everything is beautiful and has beauty in some way. You need to take a look at things that are right in front of you. God is everywhere and we all are seeking him.

  6. Chris says:

    Joy & peace are always possible because of Jesus Christ our Savior.

  7. Tyler says:

    The lyrics are very meaningful and I am a Christian. The music has me think and try to better myself.

  8. Paige says:

    God used music ever so powerfully in my life to touch my heart. This man’s song I think had a good message and rhythm so it keeps me intrigued the whole time. I was surprised it was over so fast.

  9. MTB says:

    I know that I personally can always use that post-Easter reminder to rejoice. Joy is something that is characteristic of a true Catholic, but is something which I, too, often lose or set aside.

  10. Taylor says:

    So often we ask God to do things for us. This song illustrates how crucial it is to just adore and rejoice in Him.

  11. Sarah says:

    I imagine myself sitting at the feet of Jesus and just gazing upon his beautiful face and just ‘being’ with him.

  12. Sister Kathleen says:

    Those words…”One thing I ask, that I may gaze upon your beauty…” Makes me ponder what would be the “one thing I might ask” I hope it would be something as precious as this song expresses.

  13. Taylor says:

    I thought of John’s works, whether that be Revelation, his Gospel or letters. The language of ‘Behold’ has such power and even some mysticism.

  14. Taylor says:

    Again the language of ‘behold’. One of my favorite parts of the liturgy is when the priest elevates the Body of Christ and says, “Behold the Lamb of God…”

  15. Craig says:

    Easter is a constant reminder that Christ is in control on His throne. As Christians we are meant to be joyful and have every reason to be full of joy.

  16. Max says:

    This song is a perfect song as we enter into the great Season of Easter! Rejoice. Christ is seated at the right!

  17. Dawn says:

    Music has always been my escape. I feel like I am closest to God when music is involved. I am a singer, so it touches me personally. Music is the language that God gave everyone so I feel very connected to Him when music is involved.

  18. MCH says:

    I should focus more on Christ and put him first in my life. The passage that comes to mind is ‘ask and it will be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you.’ Instead of trying to do things myself in life, I should go to God and prayer and ask him to help me, always keeping in mind God’s will and his perfect plan for me.

  19. RP says:

    Christ died for our sins and rose so that we may have life within us.

  20. Chris says:

    Joy and peace are always possible because of Jesus Christ our Savior.

  21. Sara says:

    Oh Happy Day!! Jesus is Risen! What joy and beauty there will be when we come to see him face to face. 🙂

  22. Julie says:

    this song reminds me that Jesus is risen sitting in heaven with God

  23. K.C says:

    its about God because it says rejoice and about one thing he asked

  24. Isabelle says:

    This is a beautiful song<3. It made me feel good inside:).

  25. Ciara says:

    I really like this song. We do gaze on our beautiness and ask God for anything.

  26. Alex says:

    Jesus is the king and he rejoices to all and everyone on earth

  27. kd says:

    it was wonderful !! the lyrics really made me think about my life

  28. reggie says:

    hello i know you from class

  29. sophie says:

    i think that he wants to go to heaven when he dies and that he can see Jesus on his throne. his glad that God is here with him and he is so happy that hes with God!!!!

  30. Felicia Jones says:

    It Is Such A Beautiful Song

  31. Camille says:

    Its a beautiful song it brings happy memories of those who passed away

  32. reggie says:

    Its nice very claim
    kinda sad
    very nice
    i love this song!
    a nice song to think about

  33. Ariana says:

    This song is a happy song but it is also a sad by the way it sounds!!!

  34. love says:

    that we ask Jesus one thing is to see and that we should rejoice that Jesus died for us. 🙂
    <3 Jesus <3

  35. Isabelle says:

    you have good way of saying things:)<3

  36. br says:

    it was very beautiful

  37. Jones says:

    this song makes me think that i am in church it also makes me think of god sitting in a big throne and a picture of a dove with a light shining on it in a dark room

  38. mr.jones says:

    its beautiful!!

  39. Clarie says:

    I think that it needs more lyrics. Other than that it is a wonderful song

  40. ann says:

    you sing it beautiful nice work

  41. Minnie Mouse says:

    its A beautiful …!!!!

  42. Sister Julie Ann says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Your words are another way of sharing the good news of this Easter Season in a real concrete way that could make a difference for someone else!

  43. Matthew J Hardy says:

    Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

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