My dear Friends,
Wednesday! Yeah, I get to share with you again.
This past week, while I was doing an errand with a friend, we started talking about social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Both of us are on Facebook, but she asked me about Twitter. I must admit I don’t have an account and don’t know much about it but I glibly answered, “I don’t want to follow anyone else but Jesus!” We both laughed at first and then I began to think about what I had said.
As a follower of Jesus, do I take the time to follow his ‘tweets’ found in the Gospel? Do the words I hear read at Mass and during my own prayer time set my heart on fire to spread the Kingdom? Do Jesus’ words and example help me to become more compassionate, thoughtful, patient, hopeful, courageous and alive? My guess (and it is only a guess) is that folks follow people’s tweets to know where they are, to know what they are up to or to think about a topic/situation.
Scripture certainly can help us do that. We get all sorts of information on how to be a better follower, hear what Jesus would do in a certain situation and are always reassured that Jesus is there for us. In Matthew 11:25-30 we hear: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest…” There is such a richness in the Scripture ‘tweets.’ Sometimes I think I take them for granted and say, “Oh, I have heard that before.” Perhaps, I need to follow the ‘tweets’ as excitedly as those who listen to and follow celebrities, athletes, business people and friend’s tweets.
Today at Mass, we sang the song “Lead me Lord, lead me Lord, by the light of truth to seek and to find the narrow way. Be my way, be my truth, be my life my Lord and lead me Lord today.” (John Becker) I think I will keep this ‘tweet’ before me for a few days. I have nothing against Twitter. I just think I’ll follow the Jesus ‘tweets’ for now!
Wishing you a great week and I pray that encouraging tweets will come your way this week. As a matter of fact, why not share some with those who are close to you?
Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach, assistant national vocation director for the CSFNs, shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-298-6760 ext. 223.