1. What motivated Paul to speak out boldly? Think of examples of people who speak out to bring about changes in social justice. How does the “speaking out” impact the speaker’s life? Do their efforts bring about immediate change? Explain.
2. What cries out to you to be changed? Name some ways to “speak out” without using your voice?
1. St. John says to “walk the walk, not just 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. How could you use this Gospel to explain Paul’s actions in the First Reading? If you (the branches) remain in Jesus (the vine), whose life runs through you? What kind of fruit will you yield?
2. “And every one that does (bear 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.