Armodoxy for Today by Fr. Vazken
Daily Message #1: Simplicity
Jesus Tweeted. That’s not meant to be funny, neither is it meant to shock you, nor to make Jesus contemporary. God forbid. Jesus and his message are always contemporary and therefore, relevant to us. Rather, “Jesus tweeted,” is merely to use a contemporary term to describe a very effective means by which Jesus communicated with us. His messages were concise, simple and to the point.
“Unless a grain of wheat die, it remains a single seed,” is a Tweet. (John 12:24)
“My family are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Another Tweet. (Math 12:50)
“Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you,” and “Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you,” are two more examples. (Matt. 7:12, Matt. 5:44)
When Twitter first came out, users were limited to 140 characters to the articulate an idea, a thought or a message. Now the limit has doubled to 280 characters, but the challenge to simplify the message is put upon the user. We’re invited to do the same with our Faith, to find God’s voice in the simplest expression. The petal of a flower, the smile of a child or the touch of a friend in need, are starting points in Armodoxy.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me… for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 19:14)
Let us pray the first and simplest prayer that a Christian must know: Lord, have mercy on me. Amen.’