Music and the Gospel: “Look After You,” Aron Wright, Palm/Passion Sunday

Some experiences can shake our faith. Something goes wrong, or we watch someone we love suffer pain. During these times, it can be a challenge to feel God’s presence. We may ask ourselves “why does God allow suffering?” The song “Look After You” is a reminder that even when we feel most alone, God is always looking after us.

Key lines: And if you ever should lose hope / Follow my light from afar / When you don’t know where you’re going to / I will look after you / I will look after you

Questions: What is the hardest thing about watching someone you love suffer? How has suffering challenge your faith? How has God been there for you during difficult times? How can you be there for someone else?

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“Paradise,” SPIRIT Xtra for April 1, 2012

“Paradise,” Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, EMI Records Limited

Gospel Reflection: On this Sunday, we remember the suffering and death of Jesus. As we reflect on his suffering, we also call to mind the suffering we see in the world around us. “Paradise” by Coldplay reminds us of the suffering of those who have no safe place to turn to.

Key Lines: When she was just a girl/She expected the world/But it flew away from her reach/And the bullets catch in her teeth/Life goes on, it gets so heavy/The wheel breaks the butterfly/Every tear a waterfall/In the night the stormy night she’ll close her eyes/In the night the stormy night away she’d fly

Questions: Where do you see suffering in your Church or community? How do you show God’s love to someone who is suffering? When does loving someone cause suffering? How do you think God feels about suffering in the world? What do you think Jesus’ suffering teaches us?