Illustrate your sermon with a scene from “The Book of Henry”

Scene suggestion: “Violence isn’t the worst thing in the world.”

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Themes: Apathy, Community, Helping Others, Parenting, Violence

Movie Synopsis: With instructions from her genius son’s carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.…

Scene Details:
An underlying theme of the film suggests that society will often look the other way when a situation calls for them to get involved. While shopping at a grocery store, Henry sees a man lose his temper and start to get physical with a woman. The boy wants to help, but his mom, instead, has them walk away. Henry brings the incident up later that night in his bedroom…

Henry: “Mom? That woman today at the grocery store, you didn’t do anything to help her.”

Mom: “I told you, it just wasn’t our business.”

Henry: “I think when someone hurts someone else, I think it IS our business.”

Mom: “Well, I know it seems that way, but there was nothing I could do.”

Henry: “Yeah, Mom, if everybody did that, then there would be no one to look out for the people who just can’t look out for themselves.”

Mom: “So, what should I have done? I didn’t want things to get violent.”

Henry: “Violence isn’t the worst thing in the world.”

Mom: “What is, then?”

Henry: “Apathy.”

Jesus: “This fellow was traveling down from Jerusalem to Jericho when some robbers mugged him. They took his clothes, beat him to a pulp, and left him naked and bleeding and in critical condition. By chance, a priest was going down that same road, and when he saw the wounded man, he crossed over to the other side and passed by…” Luke 10:30-31 (The Voice)

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2017, FOCUS, Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief strong language)