What Kinds of Apps Would Jesus Use?Posted: February 8, 2009
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