On Ascension Day, we recall Jesus’ last words before ascending to the Father in glory: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature… make disciples of all nations… baptizing them… teaching them to observe all I have commanded you… I am with you until the end of time” (from the Synoptic Gospels).
He promises to send us the Holy Spirit! He sends us out on mission and assures us of his Divine presence – always! Today, our mission as Catholics sends us into the world of communications, particularly in the most populated realm of social networks. That’s where our words, images, opinions and choices can and do witness to who we are in Christ. Our digital presence matters - we either build up or tear down, spread love or disharmony, include or exclude others, especially those who are different from us.
Are we committed to honoring Christ’s last words on earth and of fulfilling the missionary mandate within the new community of social networking?
Note: Traditionally, the Church celebrates World Communications Day (May 12, 2013) on the Solemnity of the Ascension. The full text of the World Communications Day message 2013 (which inspired my reflections).
--Sr. Karen Eng, FSP