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Friday, May 22, 2020

Adapting to the Times

To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all.  And I do all things for the gospel's sake, that I may be made partaker thereof. 
2 Corinthians 9:22-23
The pandemic has brought the world to its knees. Churches have closed, believers deprived of the sacraments. Public masses cancelled. So what is a faithful Catholic to do?
Learn to cope the best we can. While it is good to thirst for the Sacraments, and while the Sacraments are God's visible sign of his mercy and grace, we need to learn to seek the God of the Sacraments instead of the Sacraments of God.
However, even if we are locked down, we still have some connection with THE presence of Christ in the Eucharist through social media.
While social media has been abused to promote evil agenda, it can also be used for good. One of the good things about this lock down is we see an explosion of masses on the internet. We get to hear homilies from the Pope or other priests. When used for the proclamation of the Gospel, social media is a powerful tool.
One of the good thing that happened to me due to this pandemic is I am able to gather children of friends using virtual meetings to talk about the faith. I have a captive audience who hear things they never heard before!
The thing to remember is God made all things good, for a purpose. And if we use what God created according to what he has planned, great things happen. But when we abuse it, then the effects are also multiplied.
God allowed these technologies to be invented so that these can be used to propagate the Gospel. Many people say the Church needs to change with the times. And I agree with them to a certain point. The Church needs to change and adapt her method of proclaiming the Gospel, leveraging technology to reach more people. However, the message should be consistent with what she has preached since the time of the Apostles. St Paul said he has become all things to all to save all. Our purpose in preaching the Gospel is for the salvation of people, not to count the number of hits to our videos or to count the number of viewers of our live cast. If that is our goal, then we miss the point.
So I am for using social media to propagate the Gospel. BUT we must never proclaim a different Gospel. The medium may change, but the message should still be unchanged, because our God never changes.
Lord, thank you for these technologies. Thank you for all the comforts we have. Help me to use them for the glory of your name.

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