Monday in the Octave of Easter ‘b’
Gossip can be dangerous. We all know what gossip is. The dictionary says that it is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” So, gossip can destroy an other’s reputation or even an other’s life. The soldiers from the Gospel reading for today are paid money to spread the gossip that Jesus had not left the tomb that they were guarding, that He did not rise from the dead, but simply that his disciples stole His body when the soldiers were asleep. This gossip or lie, if you wish, stayed with some even until the present day. We Christians need to be honest people; we can’t spread gossip. Because of our gossip and lies, we may mislead others, or as I said before, destroy an other’s reputation. By such gossip and lies, some may even never learn about the Resurrected Christ.