1. What motivated Paul to speak out boldly? Think of examples of people who speak out in order to bring about changes in social justice. Name some ways you can “speak out” using your voice or not.
2. Pope Francis speaks out boldly in his own life, and in his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, encouraged his charges to speak frankly, without fear, and to bear the courage of their convictions, just as the early apostles did. What injustice cries out to you to speak out boldly against it?
“The Church's message is the message of the path of openness”
Pope Francis,10-12 September 2017
1 John 3:18-24
1. St. John says to “walk the walk, not just to talk the talk.” Where do you fit on a continuum between walkers and talkers?
2. What would your world look like if every day you performed a kind deed for some unsuspecting person? Who would benefit from these acts?
1. You (the branches) remain in Jesus (the vine), whose life runs through you. How does his life running through you relate to your asking God for whatever you want and it being done for you? How could you use this Gospel to explain Paul’s actions in the first reading?
2. “And every one that [bears fruit] he prunes so that it bears more fruit.” Have you ever felt like you were being “pruned?” Explain. At times do you have “dead wood” that needs to be pruned? Discuss.