Watching television in the evening a variety of celebrities chatter away about how they cope with the lockdown. They talk about everything. They talk mainly about themselves. They never mention Jesus.
About ten years ago I tried to be an actor. Although I was semi delusional I gained an understanding of the mentality of an actor. An actor feels and seeks ‘love’ from an audience; it’s a synthetic experience.It can be a self made trap because self obsession becomes unavoidable. The face and attributes of the actor are self obsessed about until they get higher levels of adulation . This is the reason why taking drugs is very common for actors and pop stars. Self idolatry also can contribute to distracting souls away from God.
Being in this situation of lockdown that most of us find ourselves in,some of us may realise that our lives are much more stripped down. That material things are now struggling to gratify us like before. Jesus is obviously trying to minimise our lives so that we face what is actually important.What is the result of this? The worse it gets with loneliness and depression during lockdown the more the media ‘Act’ like Jesus doesn’t exist. They behave as if Jesus never existed. The media can’t quite bring itself to say the name ‘Jesus’. Peripheral things are mentioned but never the name. The utterance of Our Lords name has now become an offence. Childish jokes replace basic reverence.
Really now is an excellent time to become closer to Jesus. He waits and waits and respects the free will The Father gave us. He waits to be part of our lives to take control of aspects that we cannot handle too well.
The television will be the last thing to prompt us in the right direction.