“Come and See” (Jn 1:46)
Communicating by Encountering People as They Are
The theme for the 2021 World Day of Social Communications, chosen by Pope Francis, echoes the words of the Apostle Philip, recognising that authentic communication leads to “encountering people as and where they are”.
Taken from the Bible, John 1: 46, the words “Come and see” are central to the Gospel. Before the Gospel is proclaimed, prior to words, there are “looks, testimonies, experiences, encounters and closeness. In a word – life.”
Pope Francis provides the subtitle: “Communicating, encountering people as and where they are”.
The Pope’s message for the 55th World Communications Day follows the theme “Come and See” (Jn 1:46) – Communicating by encountering people as they are.
We are charged with the responsibility of genuinely encountering one another so that our love for each other may become stronger. In keeping with this high undertaking, we petition the Lord now on behalf of those who are especially in need.
World Communications Day 2021 is celebrated on 16 May. Fr Paul Grogan offers this reflection on his journey through ministry and how it was captured in the film “Priest”.
On World Communications Day, we take up the command of Jesus to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.