Friday, September 21, 2012


The term sidebar has long been used in newspaper and magazine layout. It is now common in Web design, where sidebars originated as advertising space and have evolved to contain information such as quick links to other parts of the site, or links to related materials on other sites. Online sidebars often include small bits of information such as quotes, polls, lists, pictures, site tools, etc.  Most blogs and articles presented on the internet always have a sidebar - a specialize area where the author adds additional information not contained in the main body of their presentation.  Often in personal conversation - people will make "sidebar" comments - comments not specifically pertaining to the issue at hand - but of some remote interest to the discussion taking place.  A few people - though not many - cannot converse in anything but sidebar comments - as they have nothing to add to the actual conversation.
When Jesus preached to the flocks of people who gathered around him - He stayed on target - avoiding sidebars. He did not beat around the bush - rather said what had to be said and in a manner that not only caught the attention of people - but moved their minds as well as their hearts.  Many popular preachers today have nothing to say but sidebars - avoiding the truth of the Gospel - tickling the ears of their listeners with what the listeners want to hear - rather than what they need to hear.  In our parish we are blessed with priests and deacons who preach the Gospel - from the Gospel - without sugar coating Jesus' message of confession - reconciliation - redemption - forgiveness - healing - and newness of life available to all.  If all you are hearing is sidebars - then seek out those who are not afraid to preach the entire Gospel message as Jesus did.

Deacon Dale