This morning’s gospel (LK 12:1-7) is a good reminder of the power of speech. Jesus is speaking to a large crowd about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and warns the people by saying: “Whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the rooftops.”
In the age of the internet, the “rumor mill” is more dangerous than ever. We know so much instantly about events and situations and people all over the world and much of it is swallowed before it is even confirmed to be true. And then there is the person to person gossip that we pass on only to our “trusted friends who would never repeat it.” It is important, certainly, for us to be able to share private information with those we trust, but it behooves us to remember that such information should not be private information about someone else…especially if we heard it from another someone else. A good rule of thumb, it seems to me, is Speak only love. That way no one ever gets hurt because of our indiscretion.