A thought inspired by the Mass Gospel reading for today (Matt 18: 15-20): “Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. […]”
Now imagine what “the Gospel according to social media” would be like: “If your brother sins against you, post the whole story on your blog, Facebook and Twitter complete with Instagram pictures, Youtube video. Don’t omit names, locations, screenshots, quotes from him, negative testimonies from other people and anything you can find that shows how wrong he is and how right you are. The most important thing in the world is how you feel about stuff. Except for “likes” and “shares”, of course.
Then submit a community post on Buzzfeed about how wrong people of your friend’s age/gender/race/country/religion/political beliefs/ are; don’t forget to make a “you’ll never guess what happens next” video (include cats). Remember the golden rule: the worth of a person is measured by how viral their posts and videos go.”