“Dear Mr. President,” Spirit XTRA for March 11, 2012

“Dear Mr. President,” Fitz and the Tantrums, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, Dangerbird Records

Gospel Reflection: In Sunday’s gospel the people buying and selling in the temple anger Jesus. Anger can wake us up to injustice and people’s everyday needs. Sometimes we get angry with political leaders or others in positions of power who don’t seem to care about the needs of others. It can be difficult to know what to do with anger. “Dear Mr. President” by Fitz and the Tantrums is a powerful call to make positive change.

Key Lines: Get in line, there’s no jobs/And the kids are shootin’ dope/Out of work, out of time/Mama’s startin’ to lose hope/It ain’t enough to pray/When you got no place to stay/Daddy just walked out/Mama raisin’ family/Hey put your foot down and take a look ’round/Don’t like what you see

Questions: In what ways do you stand up for what you believe? What injustices do you see in your community? What do you speak out about? Who is a role model for work for justice that you look up to? What responsibility do you think political leaders have to fight injustice? When do you get frustrated with people who are in positions of power?

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