“Bridges” discusses the importance of repairing all that is broken in our world. It is vital not only to be merciful to those who are in need but also to address the structural factors in society that oppress and harm others. Confronting the evil around us is an essential responsibility for the followers of Jesus. Yet Christians do not work alone. They are called to cooperate with all people of good will to build a better society.
1) Is your own experience of life defined more by walls or bridges? Why do you think so?
2) Have you ever been successful in building a bridge with others? What was accomplished by your effort? How satisfying was the work?
3) People often build a wall out of fear. What word would you choose to explain why people would build a bridge? Explain your answer.
4) This video reflects the teaching of the 1971 World Synod of Catholic Bishops who stated: “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel.” Does it surprise you that working to change the world is seen as an essential aspect of following Jesus? Why or why not?