"It's the Media's fault." If you haven't said it you surely have heard others say it. It can be very challenging these days to sift through the rhetoric and the spin to get to the truth of the "news". If you think about it the Gospels are news reports from four different "sources". Note Luke's reporting to his friend Theophilus about a newsworthy event in this week's Gospel:
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, crying out “A great prophet has arisen in our midst, “ and “God has visited his people.” This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region. Luke 7:11-17
St. Luke as a Gospel writer was many things including a historian. In his Gospel, Luke consistently sets the "historical stage" in his writing. Note his explanation in the first four verses of his Gospel:
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.
Luke was aware of the importance of providing an accurate account. Of course, we consider Luke as a trusted source. In his telling of this story, Luke sets the stage and describes Jesus' actions that raised the young man from the dead. Then Luke reports on the reaction of the people. That is what caught my eye. In particular, one short sentence jumped out at me. "God has visited his people." That is the headline I would have chosen if I were reporting on this event.
I wonder how it might be reported in today's media? I guess it depends on which source you follow. If you follow Jesus then you are called to report the Good News that God has visited His people!