The following reflection is by Fr.Tom Cahill
Who would think that the Internet is threatening the jury system! Well, it seems it is, according to Englandís most senior judge. The more people use the Internet, and the more people who use it, the fewer there are who get their information by listening. You go down the tubes and YouTube takes your place. So, sitting down for a long listen, concentrating on whatís being said to evaluate its content may well become an art-form alien to a gadget-groping generation.
What, then, to make of todayís first reading (Isa 50:4-7)? The Lord has given me the tongue of a teacher Ö to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens my ear. Use the Internet to get that sustaining word across? Well, it would get it out for sure, but across is another matter entirely. Getting something across means getting it in. It means entering someoneís mind with a thought, a value, an understanding, perhaps even a vision and leaving it there. It means penetrating someoneís heart to lay a gift of life-giving inspiration, of uplifting hope, of reassurance of oneís worth before God, but above all to lay down his gift of shared love.
Thatís what a teacherís tongue can do, coming from the hand of God. Thatís what an ear can hear and a mind can comprehend when open to the Teacherís word. The question is: can that be done online? Should liturgy be in cyberspace, not sacred space? Would a virtual reality Palm Sunday skirt a real life Golgotha? The jury neednít be out too long on that.