Nonviolent direct action, or civil disobedience, is a method peaceful movements use to bring about change. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used nonviolence to bring about desegregation and promote racial equality in the United States.
The film A Force More Powerful documents how several social movements used nonviolent methods to end injustices. These movements range from ending apartheid in South Africa to Danish resistance to Nazi occupation.
Search out other people who have worked for peace from Isaiah’s time to current times. Identify global and local peacemakers today and the nonviolent movements in which they participate. Peacemakers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Share with others what you have learned about the history of nonviolence.
John the Baptist challenges the Pharisees and Sadducees to live lives that match the words they speak in this Sunday’s gospel. People in our world obsess with image. To live true to what we believe and who we really want to be is hard. The song “Red Hands” describes the challenge of being honest with ourselves and others.
Key Lines: I realize that I got red hands, I wanna change this / Don’t ask me why I choose to lie, I stay blind, oh / It’s clear to me that you are fuming too, your accusations are burning through / Is that what you really want?
Questions: What makes owning up to our mistakes so difficult? When is a time that you have forgiven someone else? Who
challenges you to be true to yourself? When is it difficult to be honest with yourself or others? How do you think Jesus wants us to prepare for him?