Background: As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.
Discussion questions: Consider a couple of the following questions as a way of reflecting on your own ways of going, and on what you might need to change.
Who is your most unlikely friend? How did you become friends? Or think about a time you went beyond your comfort zone.
Think about a time you experienced reconciliation. What had to happen before the reconciliation could occur? How did that reconciliation change your relationship with others or God?
Where do you feel Jesus’ absence most keenly in the world? Where does reconciliation need to happen in your community? How would reconciliation change your community? What would love, justice, and the truth of God look like in your community?
What is one thing you could do this week to heal your world? To what new places or communities is the Spirit sending you to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God? What needs to change in your own life to make you more open to seeing and engaging with the needs of the world?