1st Sunday in Kingdomtide
MISSION IN OUR OWN SMALL WAY
Matthew 16: 13-20
We live in a very digitalized world. In this digital world, everyone longs to be known. Everyone wants to be liked. Everyone needs to be unique. Everyone wants to establish their own identity.
There are people, whose lives depend on how many friends they have in Facebook and how many contacts they have in WhatsApp.
Often, we end up checking out ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for our posts: photos and materials that we share in Facebook or IG, Instagram, that is. We ponder over who liked and who didn’t like. We judge the persons based on it. And based on it, we decide our own identity.
We live in a virtual community rather than a real people-oriented community.
During the lockdown we have realized how many are real friends, how many are fake friends, how many have called us often enquiring about our families, health, jobs, and how many were really cared for and supported in their difficulties and pains during this pandemic, COVID-19.
Sometimes, we give importance to what others think, say, and express on their opinion about us.
More often, our identity is decided by others. Can others really decide what we are?