Music and the Gospel: “Sound of Silence,” Disturbed, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

The song “The Sound of Silence” is about people being unable to bridge the gaps between them and communicate or understand one another. Often times, we take one look at someone and think we know all about them based on where they are from, how they speak, how they dress, even their skin color. These snap judgments prevent us from being open and accepting and can create an environment of silence that can be even more hurtful than words spoken aloud.

Key Lyrics: “Fools,” said I, “You do not know / Silence, like a cancer, grows / Hear my words that I might teach you / Take my arms that I might reach you.” / But my words like silent raindrops fell / And echoed in the wells of silence

Questions: When have you  judged someone? When have you felt judged? How do you treat someone who creates distance from you? How can you help create bridges between different groups within your community?

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Firework – Sunday, October 2nd SPIRIT Xtra

“Firework,” Katy Perry, Teenage Dream, Capitol Records

Jesus says in this Sunday’s gospel those who yield a rich harvest will receive the kingdom of God.  Jesus reminds us that the people given the kingdom may not be who we expect, but instead those the world rejects.  “Firework” is a song about letting your true self through, in spite of the judgment of others.

Key lines: ‘Cause baby you’re a firework/Come on show ’em what you’re worth/Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”/As you shoot across the sky

Questions: What leaders inspire you? What qualities do you think a good leader possesses? What is something about yourself that you are proud of but don’t often share with others? How do you use your gifts to strengthen your family or community?

From SPIRIT Xtra 2011-2012 by Johanna Hatch