Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Remember the Love of Jesus Christ!

July 20, 2009

You may have heard of the latest internet craze – Twitter.  This is how the Twitter website describes its purpose:  “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” For those that use facebook, it is basically like a status update. For example,  I might write, “Seeking Jesus is blogging” or “I’m at the DMV standing in line” or some other super-current piece of information, and then all my associates could know what I was doing immediately.  In the news, there are numerous celebrities announcing “follow me on twitter!”  Consequently, thousands of people can follow that celebrity’s day-to-day activity. 

In this media age, we are being seduced by the idea of being constantly “in the know”.  It’s almost like a 21st Century Gnosticism – only certain people are privy to some exclusive knowledge or enlightenment.  A person not connected to the internet through his computer, Iphone or Blackberry, or a non-member of myspace, facebook or twitter might as well be in a Trappist monastery, since he will be so “out of the loop” in terms of worldly happenings. We should be so blessed! 

The other day I had a powerful dream.  I found myself in the back of a church, upstairs in the choir loft.  I was sobbing.  The image of Christ Crucified seemed to be the reason for my grief.  I was mourning for Christ’s sufferings and for the “distance” between myself and Christ.  When I woke up that morning, the words “Remember the Love of Jesus Christ” were pressed upon my heart.

We are in serious danger.  We are at risk of losing our memory of God’s love.  Jesus said on the night he was betrayed, “Do this in memory of me.”  We need to make a choice.  Do I want to preserve the memory of Christ’s passion in my heart, or do I want to fill my mind with trivial, useless scraps of information?  If I am not careful, my mind will be overrun with “TMI” and I will find myself straying farther and farther away from communciation with God. 

A lack of meaningful contact with God will eventually kill our spiritual life. I notice that my prayer life is suffering, because my mind does not turn towards God until I lie down to bed at night.  That seems to be the only time of stillness for the mind.  Of course I start to pray but sleep eventually overcomes prayer.  And that is as it should be; there is a time to sleep, and there is a time to pray. 

God is calling us to give up this aimless pursuit of trivial updates, and in doing so, make time to spend in silent communion with Him.  To remember what He did for us then, and what He is doing for us now. 

Jesus, help me remember the love you showed for me, when you offered your life upon the Cross.  You are Mercy and Love.  I never, ever want to forget You.

Remember the Love of Jesus Christ!

Put Out into the Deep!

February 18, 2009

Before I discuss the primary purpose of this blog, I want to discuss the topic of the internet.  I use the internet every day, perhaps even compulsively.  By that I mean that I find myself repeatedly returning to the same web sites over and over, constantly looking for more recent news and updates.  I find that I am hungry for fresh up-to-the-minute information, and I am often frustrated when my clicks yield nothing new.  Despite the vastness of the internet, often times I feel like I have exhausted my search for novel, stimulating content,  as if I have already viewed everything there is to know about history, current events, viral youtube videos and the lastest sports scores.  But of course this is not true; I simply have been limiting my web surfing to a relatively small number of web sites.  These are sites that I have visited almost daily for several years, for better or for worse. 

While I feel ever-increasingly connected with the latest news in my local area and beyond, I have found myself more disconnected from God.  Does anyone remember God?  How can I grow in my knowledge of God when I am constantly drowning myself in a steady stream of information, which, while providing temporary interest, in the end leaves me no closer to understanding Him “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”?  That scripture passage strikes me now as I type this.   Some would argue that it is in fact the Internet that contains “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” However my faith tradition teaches me that it is Christ whom I should be contantly “visiting” in order to increase my knowledge and love of God.  

Social networking websites provide us with instant updates about the thoughts, feelings and activities of people we know.  So while a visit to your Facebook page informs me that you are getting over a cold, this new information keeps me focused on the present moment at the expense of my history.  And by my history, I mean the Paschal Mystery,  the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that offers me the opportunity to live a holy, transfigured life.  I find myself wondering, why I am not compulsively searching the Gospels to satisfy the deep longings of my mind and heart, in a manner similar to my compulsive web surfing?  

With Lent fast approaching, I believe it is time to “put out into the deep” – the deep that is the mind and heart of Christ.  Please forgive the inevitable pun, but rather than surfing the internet, it is time to “surf” into the deep, vast ocean of God.  Put out into the Deep! Duc in Altum!