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No Time for Phubbing Matthew 22:34-46

No Time for Phubbing

Is there anything more important than loving God and our neighbor?

At a Glance

Smartphones are amazing devices, but it's not so cool when you're with some friends for coffee or dinner, and they're constantly checking their phones. Bad social etiquette. Rude. This behavior is damaging some relationships. In today's gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that we, too, can be guilty of practicing bad manners in terms of two relationships that really count.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Angel Food Churches," October 24, 1993, at

Our relationship with our smartphones is often more important than our relationship with the person we're with.

This is the conclusion of new research on the subject of the social impact of mobile phone usage.

Try this: Walk into a coffee shop or any restaurant and look around. Chances are, you'll see some couples sitting across from one another and not speaking, but checking their phones instead.

This is not unusual. Some 81 percent of Americans check their phones while dining out...

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