New Life in Christ and the New Evangelization in the Mass
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Nowe Życie w Chrystusie W Nowej Ewangelizacji w Mediach
New Life in Christ and the New Evangelization in the Mass Media

Author(s): Monika Przybysz
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Media studies, Pastoral Theology, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Papieski Wydział Teologiczny
Keywords: evangelization; media; social media;

Summary/Abstract: More than three billion internet users in the world (42 per cent of human population), nearly 26 million users in Poland (67% of the country population), together with nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users in the world and over 13.5 million in Poland (34% of our people) - this is the group of recipients which is a communicative challenge for the Church. In Poland a statistic internet user spends nearly 5 hours a day using it (we are the 13* place in the world) and over 2 hours a day using social media (below average for the world). We start to spend our lives on the Net more and more actively, therefore we need an ever growing number of active “Christ’s fishermen.” This situation calls to mind the evangelical passage of the fish catch - the Apostles had an unsuitable and old boat, an outdated and perhaps faulty net,they found it difficult to go on the lake, tired with the lack of results, disappointed with their failure and returning with empty nets. Christ, intervening in their sense of disappointment, makes the fishermen cast their net again. The disappointed and disbelieving Apostles make one more effort. In the deep waters symbolizing God’s hidden mercy and endless possibilities of God’s intervention the Apostles find an abundance of graces and a blessing and the very catch proves to be beyond the fishermen’s capabilities. For they have already lost their hope and Christ came unexpected, the fishermen’s patience to the test. But obedience and trust provided an abundant harvest, for God came to them in a new, unexpected and surprising way. This image has become a challenge for the contemporary evangelizers on the internet.

  • Issue Year: 23/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 311-328
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish