And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
(pertaining to today’s Gospel reading: John 17:1-11A or Matthew 28:16-20)
“Listening is never easy. Many times it is easier to play deaf. Listening means paying attention, wanting to understand, to value, to respect and to ponder what the other person says. It involves a sort of martyrdom or self-sacrifice.” So declared Pope Francis on the 50th anniversary of World Communications Sunday last year.
This Sunday, we look back on a half century of papal declarations regarding the significance of a world united by technology as never before. We humans no longer speak simply to our families and our neighbors, our tribe or our village. We are all mice that roar as loud and as far as our technology can carry us. With this amplification and multiplication of words, images, and ideas, what are we actually saying to each other?
Jesus asks us to do one thing only: to bring good news to the far corners of the earth. Much of the news we receive each day is hardly encouraging or uplifting. But we are nor just news absorbers, We also generate plenty of words daily for which we are answerable. (Alice Camille)
What do you do to promote a word of hope and encouragement wherever your voice carries?
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