“Is it true that you do not serve my gods, and that you refuse to worship the golden statue I have set up?” In today’s first reading from the Book of Daniel this question stands out more than any other. Why? It is a question which society asks us, when we proclaim our Catholic faith. In today’s world there are many gods: god of money, god of social media among others.
- Money: We all agree that money is necessary, without it one can’t buy the basic necessities to live. The difference is here: when one treats money as an object necessary for living that’s fine but when one treats money as the most important thing that exists in the entire world, then one is idolizing money, since he/she is literally worshiping money thus one is not using it just for living but putting it first and central in life. As Pope Francis said in an homily he delivered in Sardinia: “To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed. We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to his throwaway culture. We want a just system that helps everyone,”
- Social Media: The 21st century will be marked in mankind’s history as a century of technology and development of social media. As a teenager, I can say that social media is necessary in my life. Like everybody else I use it as means of communicating with others. The important point one needs to make is here: there is a difference between treating technology as necessary and giving technology a higher status than other important matters in life. Our life doesn’t rest on the number of likes or shares one gets but being the true self, authentic and strong in values.