Music and the Gospel: “Beautiful People,” by Ed Sheeran, ft. Khalid

Jesus’ encounters ten lepers in Sunday’s gospel. Lepers experienced people shunning them. The lepers in the gospel call to Jesus, ask him for compassion, and Jesus grants it. The voices in “Beautiful People” feel second class to those with more money and things. The need for superficial things can blind some people to the beauty and potential that exist in in every person. Showing compassion is one way to get to know and understand people, and rise above our own misjudgments. Ed Sheeran’s song “Beautiful People” is about seeing things and people for who and what they really are.

Key lines: We don’t fit in well / ‘Cause we are just ourselves / I could use some help / Getting’ out of this conversation, yeah / You look stunning, dear / So don’t ask that question here / This is my only fear, that we become / Beautiful people

Questions: What were your initial thoughts when you first meet someone who looks or acts different from you? How did you approach him or her? What did you learn? What makes people fit in or not fit in your school?

Music and the Gospel: “Photograph,” Ed Sheeran

Relationships can be hard, especially in high school.  This week’s issue focuses on relationships, how they can affect us, change us, and what can happen when they don’t work out.

Key lines: Loving can hurt / Loving can hurt sometimes / But it’s the only thing that I know / When it gets hard / You know it can get hard sometimes / It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

Questions: Think about a time when you really liked someone.  How did that make you feel?  Now think about a time you were hurt by someone you cared about.  What did you learn from that experience?  How did you deal with the situation?  How has it affected your relationships with other people or changed your perspective on future relationships?

Current Music and the Gospel: SPIRIT Xtra for October 13

“Lego House” by Ed Sheeran

The miracle of Jesus healing ten people with leprosy in Sunday’s gospel gives us an example of God’s love for all people and in a special way for those whom society rejects. The one man who returns to thank Jesus also teaches us an important lesson: we must participate in our relationship with Jesus.

Key lines: I’m out of touch, I’m out of love/I’ll pick you up when you’re getting down/And out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now/I’m out of sight, I’m out of mind/I’ll do it all for you in time/And out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now

Questions: What is a way you experience God’s love for you? How do you show compassion to “outsiders?” When have you felt excluded, and who showed you compassion? How do you express gratitude for what you have been given? What makes something a “miracle?” Do miracles still happen? Why or why not?