“Rise To Me,” SPIRIT Xtra for January 29, 2012

“Rise to Me,” The Decemberists, The King Is Dead, Capitol Records

Gospel Reflection: Not only does Jesus speak with authority in Sunday’s gospel, his actions match his words as he casts out a demon.  Even when it would have been easier to ignore the possessed man, Jesus stands his ground and sets him free.  “Rise to Me” by the Decemberists is a reminder about the importance of standing firm for what is right.

Key Lines: They sing out/I am going to stand my ground/You rise to me and I’ll blow you down/I am going to stand my ground/You rise to me and I’ll blow you down

Questions: When is it hard to stand your ground? What makes it easier? When do you feel it is important to take a stand? What gives someone the authority to lead? Who speaks the truth in your community?

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