Greetings and blessings of the Risen Lord.
I had been to Festival Foods in Marshfield few days ago. After I finished my picking things from the store, I was in line for check out. One of the workers there said in a loud and rather commanding voice, “Some of you may want to go to the liquor department and get checked out”. As I was last in line and was also in a hurry to get out, I went to the check out counter of the liquor department. It is right about that time few people who knew me came and wished good evening. (Our CRE Sherrie was also one of them). I wished them back and after few seconds I came to my senses and thought, “Oh, all these who wished me would think that I was buying liquor”. This thought gave an embarrassment.
After a while I thought to myself, “After all I was not buying any liquor and why should I be embarrassed? If they should think that I bought liquor, it is not my fault, but their misconception. My conscience knows what I am doing”. I consoled myself and started back home.
I would like to bring out two things from here. One is the fact that we should worry about or be concerned about what our conscience thinks. Most of the time our conscience would be true to us and right most times. But this does not automatically happen. It can happen only when the formation of our conscience is proper and right. Because, we see that in this modern age even the wort stuff is right and good in the minds of some people. This is so because their conscience is not formed well. As Christians we believe our conscience is formed well because we believe in Jesus and His teaching we try to follow.
The other thing I would like to draw from this incident is our rash judgement about people, without knowing the full story or the complete scenario. (I am not referring to people whom I met at Festival Foods, I know they are all good). What happens most of the times we see the tip of the iceberg and try to come to some conclusion which always ends up wrong or untrue. We need to see the whole picture of anything before we could draw any conclusion or before inferring anything. Coming to a rash judgement or some unreasonable conclusion spoils the image of people about whom we judge and at the same time portrays a negative impression about ourselves too, especially our defective reasoning and judgement.
May we try to fear our conscience and before that form our conscience and also may we try to believe that any rash judgement we make spoils the whole atmosphere. This would help us have a good and smooth relationship with all the people we live with.
God bless you all.
Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,
Fr. A. Antony.