DIMASALANG, Masbate, April 10, 2015–Sharing the Good News of the Lord is the Christian thing to do, sharing gossip is not.
This statement sums up the homily which Fr. Emmanuel B. Basas gave to mostly employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Easter Wednesday at the Holy Family Chapel in Balocawe, Dimasalang, Masbate.
“Why is it that it’s easier for many of us to share with others trivialities and mindless gossip? Why is it many people find it more appealing to tell their neighbors about what happened during last night’s ‘teleserye’ than about the Gospel?” he asked.
Good News of Resurrection
Addressing the audience in his native Masbateño, the chief pastor of the nearby St. Joseph Parish, stressed that the Easter season gives the faithful more than enough reason to spread the Good News that the Lord is alive.
“Let us proclaim the truth that the Lord is risen,” Basas declared, inviting everyone to take on the challenge of evangelization and of courageous witnessing.
Meanwhile, in his own homilies, Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the habit of gossiping that is prevalent among many Christians, calling it a vice that destroys communities, along with jealousy and envy.
Jealousy is murder
“Jealousy leads to murder. Envy leads to murder. It was this door, the door of envy, through which the devil entered the world. Jealousy and envy open the doors,” Vatican Radio quoted the Holy Father as saying during one such homilies.
The Argentine pontiff reminded the faithful that when some members of a Christian community suffer from envy and jealousy, the community “ends up divided: one against the other.”
According to him, this is a strong poison, “a poison that we find on the first page of the Bible in Cain.” (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)