Do we define ourselves by 'likes' and 'follows'?
It’s been quite a journey for social media over the last
several years. From meagre beginnings it
has become the mainstay of human contact, the go-to means of communication. It has, in many respects, been a revolution
of seismic proportions and there are very few individuals who can say that they
don’t have a Facebook account or haven’t at least been touched by its power.
And it’s not only on a personal level that social media has
heralded meteoric change in communications.
Do you speak openly about your faith to others? Are you not afraid to be frank about how your
religion shapes your moral code? Do you
even go as far as to try to bring others round to your way of thinking on
social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter?
In the New Evangelisation just a few years back, Pope
Benedict XVI encouraged us to get out into the world to preach the Good News of
Jesus Christ. And he wanted us to use
every available platform at our disposal in order to do this.
A new survey by NSPCC Childline has suggested that at least a tenth of 12 - 13 year olds in the UK are addicted to pornography (reported today by the BBC).
And while this is generally regarded as a bad thing, there are some people who think it is okay for children to be increasingly sexualised at a young age. But let's be clear, it is one thing for a child of reason to know the beauty of the human body; it is another thing entirely for them to see that body being abused.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Today’s Gospel (John 14:1-6):
'Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared a place,
I shall return to take you with me;
so that where I am
you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?
The Good News - too good to keep to yourself!
From today’s Gospel (Mark 8:34-9:1):
‘…For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
Do you talk about your faith to others? Are you joyful in your faith to the point that you just can’t help but shout about it and share it on your Facebook page or Twitter feed?
It’s an interesting thought.
From today's Reading (James 2:1-9):
'My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, ‘Come this way to the best seats’; then you tell the poor man, ‘Stand over there’ or ‘You can sit on the floor by my foot-rest.
Read the Pope's message for World Communications Day 2014. Does he like the internet? Does he think we should make use of Facebook and Twitter to evangelise? Find out here: