Read the article 'Explorations: Justice and compassion' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Do you have friends who have been unjustly treated?
2. How did you respond? What may have made you hesitate to respond?
3. What things help us to be compassionate to others? What things discourage us?
4. The Good Samaritan was compassionate to his enemy. Do you know of other people who have acted like him?
5. Why is it Christian to press for social justice in our society?
6. Whom do you most admire as someone who has stood up for social justice?
1. Talk to Jesus: Imagine a conversation between you and Jesus about how you can reach out to the vulnerable and those in need. What would you ask Jesus? What would be Jesus' advice and suggestions?
Write a one-page dialogue of your conversation with Jesus. When you’re finished, share it with your class.
2. A just society: Look around where are there injustices you see in your community? What can you do about it? Find out if there is an organisation or charity that’s already working for change on this issue. Ask how you can help. If there isn't, how can you start one?
For younger students
WWJD? Bookmarks: WWJD stands for ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ It’s a reminder to ask ourselves during the day, ‘How would Jesus act in this situation?’ Teachers should pass out a long and narrow rectangular piece of paper to be used as a bookmark. On it students can write in bold letters 'WWJD' and decorate it with words, symbols and pictures that remind them of Jesus’ love and compassion.
After all bookmarks are complete, students can share their WWJD bookmark with the class.