“Dixon’s Girl,” Dessa, A Badly Broken Code, Doomtree
Gospel Reflection: Jesus teaches that God’s most basic laws are laws of love. In our lives we often encounter people and situations that call us to be instruments of God’s love. In “Dixon’s Girl,” hip-hop artist Dessa encounters such a situation and expresses her care for and concern for a woman in an abusive relationship with hope that she can get out of it.
Key Lines: Even that night, I learned the truth about your man/You’ve gotta be big to treat pretty girls bad/And it’s not much, but my money’s on you/It’s not much but my money’s on you
Questions: Who are your neighbors? How is it difficult to love your neighbors as yourself? What risks are there to showing this love? How do you welcome neighbors of differing faith backgrounds? What does it mean to love neighbors who act unlovable, such as Dixon in this song? What does it mean to love those who are against you?
Adapted from SPIRIT Xtra 2011-2012 by Johanna Hatch