“Pursuit of Justice,” Summer Edition

Justice Puzzle

Start a justice movement or grow understanding of justice issues in your community this summer. Parks and backyards make great spaces for gathering.

Our council teamed up with the Student Christian Movement to explore contemporary justice movements and bring new insights to the struggles against racism, social and economic injustice, colonialism, and gender violence. It was enriching, yes, and also fun to meet new people and hear their perspectives. The study questions are perfect for small group discussions.

The Student Christian Movement has graciously shared their Bible Study for the event.

Today this scripture is fulfilled…

A Bible Study from the SCM

NIV Luke 4:14-20

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “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 recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

This is the first time that Jesus speaks publicly in the Gospel of Luke. If we read on, we find that it was not an unparalleled success as we often judge these things – the crowd attempted to kill him after he described Elijah and Elisha, the great prophets, healing and feeding and extending God’s grace to those who were not part of Israel.

Go around the table, and invite each person to respond briefly:

  • Is there a place you consider your hometown? Have you ever been in a position to speak publicly there?
  • Jesus picks a specific part of the scripture as his ‘mission statement’. Is there a piece of writing (Biblical or otherwise) that expresses your personal vision?
  • When you consider God’s grace being extended to all, are there specific groups that you find it hard or challenging to see as deserving of God’s provision?

Once everyone has had a chance to respond, turn your attention to the puzzle piece that each table has. In this part of the study, we will have the chance to fill in our part of the puzzle. Let us consider a portion of the words of Isaiah that Jesus repeated, and claimed were being fulfilled.

In the world today:

  • What is Good News to the poor and where do you see or hear it?

Are there places that you can see this also:

  • In Jesus’ example
  • In your religious tradition
  • In your own life

Individuals respond as they think of things. As one person is speaking, all participants can make notes, drawings, and doodles on the puzzle piece for their table.

Finally, consider this question:

  • What does the Year of the Lord’s Favour mean to you?

Once your conversations are finished, you will be invited to share the puzzle piece with other tables and to see how they have addressed the questions.

About the SCM

The Student Christian Movement of Canada was founded in 1921, and continues to invite participants on the challenging journey of faith that engages the questions of peace and justice in our world today.

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