Gospel to the Streets

26 February 2014

Greetings to all my friends!

Pope Francis often tells us to take the Gospel to the streets. You my friends are not only in the streets you are on the highways, the digital highways.

The digital highway is a street teeming with people who are often hurting and looking for salvation. We must not pass them by. To be apostle on the digital highway we must become neighbours draw near to our digital friends. We do not want to manipulate them rather we want to encounter them and show them tenderness.

In this way we keep the doors of the Church always open, through you in the Church Christ speaks through others.

Our sharing on the media should be based on understand that we are encountering persons. We need to listed to them and to be genuinely attentive. We need to tolerate and accept people. our communication must be kept human and should arise out of reflection, calmness, and respect.

The Gospel passages which can guide us to be messengers of the Lord in the media are the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) and the story of Risen Christ on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). Because in these passages the lord shows us to see the need of others, to communicate with them, to listen to them, and to share with them the joy we ourselves experience in faith.

+ William Slattery OFM
Archbishop of Pretoria