Pope Francis spoke in recent days about meeting a group of young people.
He said he reached out his hands to them in friendship but very few were able to take his hand because their hands were holding mobile phones and taking photos of him!
He didn’t knock or rubbish the idea of mobile phones and indeed praised the advances that have been made in communication but felt there was something being lost when there was no room for human touch. He wondered is this the world we are trying to speak into at this time and, if so, how can we be successful and have a meaningful conversation.
On Pentecost Sunday, one of the fruits of the coming of the Holy Spirit was the fact that people could hear God’s word communicated in their own language – a language they could all understand. This enthused them and brought them into a closer relationship with the Lord through the preaching and ministry of the Apostles.
How can we best harness the many and varied tools of communication around us now? How can we begin to reach out to people in a way so meaningful they might set aside technology and reach for the human hand behind it so that God’s work can truly be done and reach its potential? There’s work to be done! May we help one another to do it. Amen!