In his sermon at mass on Christmas Day 2012 Father Ian challenged us to compress how we see the message of Christmas into the length of a ‘tweet’ – that is 140 characters. There was an added constraint. If at all possible words of one syllable should be used.
Fr Ian quoted from an article by Fr Guy Consolmagno SJ (Curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory): “Compressing a big idea into a small space means that our message is either profound, or safely unitelligible. Of course, we see this profundity of compression in the Christmas message itself. Everything we need to know has been expressed, not in 140 characters, but in one Word.”
So let’s see if we can compress our personal view of the Christmas message. For himself Fr Ian suggested something like “God is, God is with us, and it is good news, it’s glory!’ 57 characters but glory has two syllables…
But what about you? What is your summary of the Christmas message in 140 or fewer characters, and if possible in words of one syllable.
Did you know the church ‘tweets’ @stchrys – if you do too you could follow and tweet your message of Christmas. If you don’t ‘tweet’ you could post your suggestion as a reply here.
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