-- perhaps too often -- I respond to some passages in Scripture with the
thought, "Yes, I believe that...BUT..." I have faith in the ideas I
read, but I also think I have observed contradictory evidence. God
will be our help, but why aren't we getting that help right now? We will
prevail against evil, but why aren't we prevailing right now? Love
is stronger than hate, but why does hate seem to win its own victories every
But how today's readings ring true! What's more -- and it must be through
the paradoxes of Divine Providence -- this good news, first communicated
so long ago, speaks to us as though it were written for this very year, and
for next year, and for all the years you and I will live through! And
finally, it speaks as though it were specifically dealing with this program
of using electronic technology for our daily illumination!
These readings seem not for some amorphous, unconnected, theoretical mass
of humanity. These are for you who turn on your computers right now, to read
my words, to read the words of others, to send out your own words.
People who know me know that I am restrained in my enthusiasm for the mass
media and for every advance in the technologies of communication. Partially,
I am a victim of my being born many decades ago; partially, I am a prisoner
of my biases and mediocre abilities. But today's readings spark an excitement
in what I am doing this second, because as Paul says, I am no longer a stranger
or a sojourner among my fellow Christians. Paul tells me that the "message
goes out through all the earth." It does! Because of the
state of our electronic communications now, the message of Christ is indeed
literally going out through all the earth from our keyboards. And thus
you and I have opportunities as never before to join those whom today's Gospel
names as called by Jesus to be his Apostles. I call that exciting!
Yes, I know I joined his missionaries through Baptism and Confirmation.
Yes, I know I did a few modest things in the past to spread his word.
I was darned good at writing something to put in a envelope and send out
via the U.S. Mail. Nevertheless, seldom have I encountered readings
which so forbid even the hint of a "BUT" in my response. You and I
have a message - - not ours, but Jesus's -- which makes us Apostles through
our modern media. That's all there is to it.