So, Why Have This Discussion?
Throughout his ministry Jesus engaged the real personal and societal concerns of his day, and called his followers to do the same. Many of those concerns related to justice and mercy for the poor and the oppressed. In fact in the gospel of Luke Jesus begins his public ministry in a synagogue in Nazareth, where he stands up and reads these words from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recover of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:16-19)
Discussions like this one on the movie “Just Mercy” give us a chance to come together as the Church and engage the real issues of justice and mercy in our world today. They offer us a safe, authentic space to explore our faith through meaningful study and conversation. It is an opportunity to grow in faith as followers of Christ – both in the ways that we understand our faith and in the ways that we take up our cross and live it out each day.
This is the Way of Christ, blessing on the journey,