Friday, February 14, 2014

Afternoon Meditation: Love is in the Air

St. Cyril sends "love."
Ah, the Feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius, inspiring thoughts and gestures of warm affection, the distribution of chocolates, and heart-shaped messages in the cyrillic alphabet… Don't you just love the way the Liturgy inspires even the simplest cultural expressions?

Okay, so most people are not honoring Cyril and Methodius with hearts, flowers and chocolate. But maybe they should be! These are the patrons of the Sochi Winter Olympics; the men who delivered the message of Divine Love, the Gospel, not only by transposing the message as they learned it into a different culture, but even inventing new "media" to help the message take root! As confusing as the Parade of Nations was for most of us ("why is Venezuela coming before Germany?"), it had Cyril's fingerprints all over it.

If you were going to transpose the Gospel into a completely new culture, what medium would you choose (or invent)?

Oh, wait a minute. The "New Evangelization" means that we are transposing the Gospel into a new culture!

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