Society has generally come to the consensus that social media is a great tool, but a horrible master. We enjoy this medium as a way to keep up with people and to follow organizations that we want to know more about. But at the same time, we know that a life lived online is not especially fruitful, especially if it can lead to uncharitable thoughts about others.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we will be reminded by Jesus to,
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)
For me, to not be afraid is to trust in God’s will, even if the world seems to be a mess. But to trust in God’s will also means trusting in His will for others in their lives. To protect and honor the dignity of each human being, created in the image of God.
That is where I find my biggest problem with social media. Just like any media, it can feed into drama and conflict. This puts people we don’t interact with regularly, celebrities, politicians, and religious leaders, into categories as “other” or separate from us. But they are humans as well.
Media can manipulate us into gossip, judgement, ridicule, and scorn about others whom, truthfully, we have no idea what they are going through, other than what is seen in their public image.
Yes, celebrities and politicians may make immoral actions, but so do non-famous people. We are all sinners and in need of God’s grace. That is why I’ve started to pray for famous people more. I thought it was funny when it first popped into my head “Maybe I should offer this Hail Mary for Taylor Swift.”
But why not?
I trust God and the plan He has for our Church and the people in the world. I don’t know what He may call me to do in the future, but all He asks is that I do not be afraid. Let us move forward in courageous love for all people, famous people or not, and in continual service for Christ and His church.
“Actions speak louder than words. Let your words teach and your actions speak.” – St. Anthony of Padua
Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: “Awkwardness does not exist.”