What Kinds of Apps Would Jesus Use?

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If Jesus were an iPod – what color and model would he be?

Today’s post was inspired by a homily given by Father Irek Koziak of St. Agnes Parish during the bi-monthly ‘Children’s liturgy’.

Our gentle associate pastor wisely used the iPod as a metaphor to capture the collective attention of his young audience. He indicated to the children that, like an iPod that needs recharging every 24 hours or so, our ‘spiritual batteries’ also require regular recharging.

So I got to thinking about today’s hi-tech gadgets and recent boom in social networking web sites and wondered how Jesus might have levered all this technology were he walking among us today.

Would our Lord have used a laptop with applications like Garage Band or Audacity to create religious podcasts to reach the masses? Or would he wear an iPhone or BlackBerry on his belt to connect with his twenty-first century disciples?

Would he create a Facebook, MySpace and Twitter account to network with believers and non-believers alike across the globe? Or would God’s son maintain his own daily blog or wiki to spread the good news and collaborate with the world’s techno-savvy in order to convert and save the souls of the techno-needy?

Imagine how quickly Christianity or any other such revolutionary socio-political movement would have swept across the breadth of the ancient world with today’s ubiquitous communication technologies.

I would suspect, were he among us in the flesh today, that Jesus would not hesitate to harness the vast potential of the read and write capabilities of the internet to afflict the comfortable.

He would likely waste little time in mobilizing and evangelizing the ‘techno-haves’ of the world to help comfort the afflicted, the poor, hungry, alienated, lonely and sick among us.

He would probably leverage the new technologies to staunchly oppose the culture of death and to actively promote the culture of life about which the late John Paul II so eloquently spoke and wrote.

If Jesus were an iPod he would undoubtedly be a dazzling rainbow brilliantly radiating and reflecting all the colors across the universe.

Now if only the rest of us could consistently use technology to promote peace and justice in our own families and beyond. We would also be bearers of light and hope for those whose lives contain too much darkness.

Photo: Michael Redfearn

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2 Comments on “What Kinds of Apps Would Jesus Use?”

  1. ductapeguy says:

    Isn’t that the crux of it. Jesus is timeless and the Good News is timeless. Certainly my goal with http://catholicroundup.com is to explore how Catholics are using New Media to spread a very old Message. Just as St. Paul used cutting edge communication of his day (letters), and St. Maximillian Kolbe used newpapers, magazines, and radio– we have been given new tools with which to spread the Good News.

    The neat thing about the way Catholics are using New Media is that we are comfortable with belonging to a church that is “out of time and out of place”, so the fact the New Media makes it possible to communicate across vast distances is just another wonderful tool to use to share with others of our faith.

    Great Post Michael.

    Once again, I’m one of the organizers for Podcamp Toronto on February 21 and 22 (http://podcamptoronto.org ). I’m also a panelist on a faith and New Media panel. It would be great to meet you if you could come up for it. There is also a Podcamp London on April 25. http://podcamplondon.com/
    I’d love to talk teaching, tech and faith with you and I’d even be willing to sit with you on an impromptu New Media in Education panel if you were up to it.

    Thanks,
    Sean McGaughey

  2. Kate Klingensmith says:

    What an insightful and powerful post. Thanks for reminding all of us to use these tools to do positive work.


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