Hope you have been enjoying these days with a pleasant weather. The good weather makes us feel a lot better and makes us active. Hope this continues in the days coming forth, too.
I recently happened to watch a small video of Pope Francis who in a gathering was giving a speech. He was telling a joke about a humorous priest. It seems there was a priest with a great sense of humor in one particular parish. There was a woman in that parish, too, and she was a big gossiper. She used to gossip always about others and she did not forget to brag about herself. She bragged about herself so much like this: Father, I come to church every day. I am living near the church. I am so close to the church that I can look at the altar of the church even from my house. The priest had known her very well. As she herself said she was regular to church and there was another regular thing she hid from the priest and that was that after leaving the church she used to go to all the houses and keep gossiping about everybody. But the priest had known that.
Time passed by and one day the lady fell sick and she wanted to have communion, because she was housebound because of her sickness. She called the priest asking him to bring her communion. The priest told her in reply, “Don’t worry. With the long tongue that you have, you can reach the tabernacle.” Saying this joke the Pope said that this gossiping is a terrorism. He meant it and it is right. Nowadays the habit of gossiping has become the dearest virtue of people. They find such a joy in gossiping. This is an expression of undue and inappropriate curiosity over the affairs of other people. Pope Francis was right in saying that gossiping is a terrorism. In his words, “Yes, the gossiper does the same as the terrorist. He approaches, talks to one, throws the gossip bomb, destroys and leaves quietly.” This is what happens in a gossip.
The habit of gossiping is a double-sided knife. When you gossip, you not only destroy the other person about whom you gossip, you also destroy your own self. By gossiping, you distort the good image that people hold about you. What good do we gain by gossiping about others and distorting our own image? There is in no way that any good could be achieved. By gossiping we expose our weak nature. Gossip is used to speak bad about other people. That is not at all a Christian charity. If we need to have that Christian charity, we should keep our tongue on hold about other people. We do not have any need that we should talk about other people. Another thing is that all our gossips, at least most of our gossips, are lies arising from our jealousy. It is because we are jealous about other people being good or others are appreciated for their gifts of any kind, we try to degrade them by our gossip and they tend to be most of the times false.
We as good human beings and people of charity towards others are called to be the bearer of good tidings to and of the people. All the contrary is the expression of our uncharitable attitude and that results in a lot of trouble to the family and the society. So, let us try to think good of others and speak good words about others. We in that way will be the witnesses of the Truth, Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony