Members of the Social Communications Ministry should draw their inspiration for their apostolate from Jesus Christ, the Model and Master of Communicators, according to the Tagum Bishop Most Rev. Medil S. Aseo, D.D. during the Mass that closed the third day of the 4th National Media Convention (NMC 2018) held in Mergrande Ocean Resort in Davao last August 8, 2018.
“He is the foundation all communication. He is the expression of communication–He offered His life on the cross as His communication of love to all humanity,” revealed Bishop Aseo of Jesus Christ in his homily.
He reminded the delegates that communication is an important part of human life just like breathing. He then stressed the need to invest in molding effective communicators.
“It is the human being that needs to be informed, formed and transformed in and with the grace of God, the Source of all communication,” he said.
The prelate also urged the Media Ministers to live in the truth since they are, after all, proclaiming Jesus, who is the Truth. He stressed that communicators should have discernment and the openness to one’s self, to others and to God. When there is discernment, he said it will constantly remind one of one’s mission on earth: to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Being also the Feast Day of St. Dominic de Guzman, he also encouraged those present to be like him, a missionary who preached, walked and lived in the Truth.
Bishop Aseo also revealed that the tools, skills, gadgets, and technology available to Media practitioners to produce high quality videos and photos and other ways to send the Message of Truth are not enough.
He said it is a must for Media Ministers to have great faith and lead lives with a steadfast relationship in and with the truth: Jesus Christ.
Social Communications and Media Ministry directors, coordinators, and members from dioceses all over the Philippines gathered in Davao from August 6 to 9 for the 4th National Media Convention.
An annual event, this year’s focus was on the 52nd World Communications Day message of Pope Francis that was published in January 2018, “The Truth Will Set You Free (Jn. 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace”. (~Shirly Benedictos)