Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Collecting Likes

“My daughter is participating in a singing competition. This is the video of her song. Please watch and like it.”  I presume you have also received such “compelling” requests over Facebook/YouTube/WhatsApp. They wouldn’t even mind if we do not watch it; they just want our “likes.” And we “like” them, for not wanting to be seen as rude. Then there is another reverse phenomenon: if someone writes an article that goes against the popular grain, he or she would be bombarded with utterly foul comments often replete with personal attacks. The “anonymity” that internet provides releases the cannibalistic tendencies within us. Both phenomena mentioned above are, in fact, variations of the same theme: our aversion to truth and the reluctance to face to it. Most of us fail to speak the truth; and when someone holds a mirror to us, we shred him/her to pieces. Not very different from the audience of Jesus, perhaps?


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