January 6th was the Feast of the Epiphany. And though the accuracy of the events surrounding the Three Kings seem to put historians into a fury—I’ve always loved this feast and its message. The Gospel account in Matthew doesn’t leave a lot of room for interpretation—we can either act like Herod, pulling people away from Christ, or we can act like the Magi, searching for Christ and avoiding Herod.
I was immediately reminded of this Gospel as I read Deacon Greg Kandra’s article, An Examination of Conscience for the Internet. Deacon Greg prefaces his online-oriented examination questions by saying, “Every click of the mouse, every arrow hovering over a link, can lead us either closer to or further from the Gospel.”
The Internet is a world of distraction (look, baby otters painting!), so I think the questions he put together are relevant, thoughtful, and definitely worth taking into account before going to confession: