Music and the Gospel: “This Must Be The Place,” Kishi Bashi, 5th Sunday of Lent

Jesus is with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Sunday’s gospel, three friends he loves. Spirit explores where and how we make our homes, friends, and families. Some people consider the people they live with as their only family; others create families by befriending others, caring about them, and keeping in touch. Cameron Perra met kids who quickly became family when he accompanied his dad who did medical work at an orphanage in Honduras. When we open ourselves up to people around us, we open ourselves up to new experiences, perspectives, and love.

Key Lines: Home is where I want to be / But I guess I’m already there / I come home, she lifted up her wings / Guess that this must be the place

Questions: What does home mean to you? Where are you most at home? How do you define what it means to be a family? Who belongs to your family?

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Current Music and the Gospel: “Home,” Phillip Phillips

Gospel Reflection for April 21, 4th Sunday of Easter: Jesus refers to himself as a shepherd in Sunday’s gospel, describing his loving care for his followers. Jesus’ promise is that his love and protection will reach even beyond death. “Home” is about how love like Jesus’ can help us feel safe and protected, even when facing what we fear.

Key Lines: Settle down, it’ll all be clear/Don’t pay no mind to the demons/They fill you with fear/The trouble it might drag you down/If you get lost, you can always be found/Just know you’re not alone/’Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Questions: What does “home” mean to you? What makes you feel safe? Who in your community is not safe? What needs to be done to help them? Where do you hear Jesus’ voice in your life? Does following Jesus give you a sense of safety? Why or why not?