The Compassionate Way of Jesus. Read the Article, “Pick up a rtist makes a clean sweep.” Discuss the following: Which of the responses to suffering is Mark Giesbrecht following ? How is he doing what Jesus asked in terms of “ Love your neighbour ”?
“Pick up artist makes a
“Love your neighbour”?
For Catholics, justice is the central part of Christian faith. A full response to Jesus requires more than just believing in him, praying to him and going to church – although those are essential parts of Christian faith.
Truly following Jesus means actually
Part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount contains the Beatitudes. These Beatitudes turn this pyramid upside down – and calls it love. Jesus explains that God especially loves the poor, suffering and the oppressed, not because they are better but because they need God’s love the most. Jesus calls these people blessed because their experience teaches them the importance of love and understanding. This is a lesson that the more wealthy and comfortable people have difficulty accepting and understanding.
Therefore, the reality of the Beatitudes – connected to the Kingdom of God – says that the least will be first. Jesus broke many barriers by showing us how to include people who are often left outside the mainstream (i.e. women, the sick, sinners, powerful people, and our enemies).
Read pages 20-26 in Living Justice and Peace and answer:
1. Why does God lead the people out of Egypt and into the
2. What is the Shema?
3. Name 6 ways that God asked the Israelites to live out
the Law, “Love your neighbour as yourself”.
4. What was a prophet in the Bible?
5. According to the prophets, what kind of worship does God
want from humans?
6. Who was Sojourner Truth? Read her speech, given in 1851.
List 3 issues that she cared about.
7. Define justice and injustice.