|By Fr. Brendan McGuire
Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, San Jose and Vicar General for special projects, Diocese of San Jose. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name It and Frame It
Sunday, July 3, 2016
On a trip to Lake Cuomo, Italy, celebrating a friends’ wedding anniversary, I shared some time with another friend, who is a professional photographer. He actually teaches photography. He showed me how to better use my iPhone camera. I was absolutely fascinated how he can transform ordinary photographs through a couple of techniques.
The technique involves the use of some different filters: one is called a clarity filter; then there is a saturation filter, a warmth filter, and finally contrast and framing it right. All this takes like 10 seconds to do that to a photograph.
Discipleship is very much like this art of photography. As a disciple nothing changes in the world. Just because we are baptized the world does not become a different place. Nothing really changes. Yet in other way, everything changes for us because we have new filters to apply to the world.
When we use the filter of Jesus Christ everything changes. The first filter we use is the clarity filter and we focus everything through the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the Galatians, that he uses the filter of the cross through which everything has more dimension. It gives us our color, contrast and adds the saturation of God’s love, it adds depth and understanding to the picture of our life. Discipleship is a process of seeing life differently. It is still the same world but we just see differently.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends out 72 disciples and he asks them to proclaim the kingdom of God; to bring the Gospel alive. For us to do this successfully, we have to frame it and name it. If we do not frame it and name it, we are never able to share the story like taking photos and framing them.
As disciples, we need to name our experiences so that we can frame them and share them with others. We are called to take that next step of intentional discipleship by sharing the experience of others by going forward to our family and friends and saying let me tell you the experience I have had; let me tell you how Christ has changed my life and how I see things differently because of the risen Christ, the crucified Lord in my life.
Our faith changes every picture in our life. Some of us have some bright sunshine in our life and it is quite easy to frame that picture; some of us have deep shadows in our life that have cast a darkness and have many tough roads and angles in our life, but if we filter it through Christ we will still the shadows and we will see the sun shining in the midst of the shadows. Where there are shadows, there is always sunshine.
So today every one of us is challenged to filter all our life through Christ Jesus and learn to name it, frame it and tell it.