Sunday, January 23, 2011
Spreading the Good Word - Would Jesus Use the Internet?
Happy Sunday, everyone! In honor of the day of rest, I’ll make this a briefer blog entry than usual – that way, we can all get a little more rest tonight. Enjoy!
This marks my sixth day of blogging, and I want to thank all of you who have joined me thus far for Coffee Talk with Leslie! I am completely new to the world of blogging, so I’m still figuring out all of the features of my new blog. I recently checked out my blog stats, and guess what? In six days of blogging, Coffee Talk with Leslie has received nearly 150 page views from the US, Canada, and Bermuda. Who would have guessed it?
This makes me consider the amazing times we live in with so many means of social communication available to us. Here I am, writing from the comfort of my own home about my reflections on life and insights about Catholicism, and there are dozens of you out there in cyberspace joining me for Coffee Talk even from international locations. Truly, it’s mind-boggling.
It makes me consider a great quote that I read in Communio et Progressio, a pastoral instruction of the Roman Catholic Church, issued in 1971, that was prepared in accordance with the Second Vatican Council’s 1963 decree Inter Mirifica (On the Means of Social Communication). Check it out, and see if you’re as amazed as I was when I first read this:
“While He was on earth Christ revealed Himself as the Perfect Communicator. Through His ‘incarnation’, He utterly identified Himself with those who were to receive His communication and He gave His message not only in words but in the whole manner of His life. He spoke from within, that is to say, from out of the press of His people. He preached the Divine message without fear or compromise. He adjusted to His people's way of talking and to their patterns of thought. And He spoke out of the predicament of their time” (CP 11).
Jesus used all the means of social communications available to him at the time to communicate himself and his message to the people of his time, and we are asked to do the same in our times – to harness the tremendous power of the various media available to us not just to share any news, but to share the Good News! Let’s think of all the ways that we can do the same. The com-box is open, my friends – sound off on how you’d like to spread good news and gospel values this week through use of the various forms of social communication. I look forward to hearing your ideas!
Peace and all good, Coffee-Talkers!