Grace to you!
These days, I avoid watching the news. Many times when I do, I get depressed. It isn’t the beauty of the camera angles or the newscasters that stresses me out. I am not depressed because of the well-produced commercials flooded in-between the news. These, too, can be frustrating.
I am depressed because of the bad news gone mainstream. I am depressed because only the graphic, the sensational, the shocking, and the depressing, gross, gory scenes of violence, murder, exploitation or lust dominate the breaking news. It’s as if to say everything that happens around us is dark and dirty. Is everything around us that dark? Where has the sense of proportionality gone?
There are many inspiring stories to tell. There are many beauties not given the platform. There are many lights put under the bushel.
How I wish, you and I could turn the tide, not simply in the mainstream media – we don’t have much control over it – but through our own channels, namely our one-on-one interactions and our online postings. Tell the good news, not only the bad news. There is much good news around us.
How would the younger generation know there are good people if we don’t point them out? How would we see the beauties of the arts if they were not exhibited? How would we allow the world to see the light if we becloud it ourselves?
Jesus says: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light” (Luke 8:16). If you, a believer, are the light of the world, then shine for others to see.
In my opinion, the following are a few thoughts on how to turn the tide:
1. Let’s share the good things happening around us, not only bad news. Don’t do it for a show or flamboyancy, rather in humble gratitude for our blessings, radiating the authentic truth about the blessings around us. Positive vibes are always good and inspiring, aren’t they?
2. Let’s not confuse humility with suppressing the good or true. Do not silence what is good, which must be known. The “word of our testimony” was a second factor to conquering evil (See Revelation 12:11). People grow by truthful testimonies about what good the Lord has done.
3. Be positive in speaking about the truth. Isn’t the truth geared towards what is good and beautiful? Even in our fight against the forces of evil, let’s always remember that with God, there is hope; a sense of optimism, not pessimism. A message of repentance, for instance (though sounding harsh to some) is true to its name if it shows the way to repentance? Diagnosis without solution or ways to handle the future isn’t helpful. With God, “problem solving,” salvation is the goal.
4. Finally, how about sharing the good things that happen in your community; the great things your neighbor has done; seeing and celebrating the good, even in your enemy? The proverbial half-full psychology is, afterall, a Christian spiritual principle too.
Let the light shine. Tell the good news – God has saved us in Christ. Aren’t we to be the sacrament of that good news so many would see and believe?
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.