- What does it mean to say that distributive justice exists in a society?
- Describe how the story of Lazarus and the rich man is a parable of global distributive injustice today.
- How does omission play a role in the creation and maintenance of distributive injustice?
- Describe three avenues by which individuals can affect distributive justice.
- Find an article that points out the gap between rich and poor people in Canada. Write a brief response to the article.
- List some types of omissions by privileged people that can cause injustice to flourish for poor people.
- Research and compare government spending on military versus the needs of children.
- Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
- Parable of the Talents
- The Sheep and the Goats
- Parable of the Mustard Seed
- Parable of the Good Samaritan
- The Rich Fool
- the barren fig tree
- Parable of the Prodigal Son
- The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus
- the Pharisee and the tax collector
Two options for exploring these parables follow:
Read each parable and answer the following three questions about each parable:
- What has been taught by the parable?
- Can you think of a situation to which the parable applies today?
- What kind of person most needs to take this parable to heart?
Form a small group and select one parable from the list to produce as a short film. Try one of the following approaches
- make up a script that closely follows the words of the gospel passage with a narrator telling what is happening.
- make up a script that is a contemporary version of the parable or that shows the parable applied to a contemporary situation.