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Sharenting the Transfiguration Matthew 17:1-9

Sharenting the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration is confirmation that listening to Jesus is the right thing to do.

AT A GLANCE:

Sharenting is the overuse of social media by parents to share photos of their children. For these parents, nothing is too banal and uninteresting; the world must see. In today’s gospel text, we find a positive example of sharenting.

 

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s OT text, see “Take Two Tablets,” February 3, 2008.

 

You’re on Facebook or Instagram and notice a friend sharing photos of her 2-year-old at the beach pouring sand over his head, and those of his sisters.

Another friend has a photo of his 9-year-old daughter on a John Deere tractor plowing the back 40.

The photos don’t stop — sonograms, bathtub photos and children eating cereal, performing magic tricks, taking a pratfall on the sidewalk, learning to ride a bicycle, spitting up on grandpa. Parents usually have a smartphone handy to snap a photo, edit it with a Chrome filter or something and then post it on social media.

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