FORMAT FOR EACH SESSION
- Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
- Watch the TED talk video
- Watch the reflection video by Fr. John
- Pray over the scripture passage
- Review Personal Reflection Questions
If you have any questions please e-mail Fr. John at [email protected]
SESSION #4 – “How to Make Peace? Get Angry”
Opening Prayer – A Prayer for Justice
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
– Author Unknown
KAILISH SATYARTHI TED TALK
How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.
FR. JOHN VIDEO REFLECTION
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS
(1) What injustices make you angry? What do we do with that anger?
(2) How do we seek transformation/conversion in our lives to be seekers of truth?
(3) What circles in our lives are holding us back from making the world a better place?
(4) Think of an example in your life or in the world that began with anger, sparked an idea and then lead to action?
(5) How does the scripture story of the man with a withered hand help you be a better disciple in our world today? Would we have the same courage as Jesus to break what was expected to offer compassion?