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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 17, 2020

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TUESDAY, November 17                           Hugh of Lincoln

James 3:8-9 But no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.

The word gossip sounds strange: It conjures something Puritan and shame-ridden, or a nosey sitcom neighbor who operates the town grapevine. I doubt that any of us thinks of ourselves as a gossip, especially when gossip has become a 24-hour, multimedia facet of the entertainment industry.

We are neck-deep in gossip and have been for longer than we can remember. It’s an unfortunate side effect of our innate curiosity about other people. The author of the Epistle of James reminds us that gossip isn’t a sin that we invented. It’s something that plagued the early Church, too.

Think about the folks you know who avoid gossip. These souls of discretion model for us the fact that idle talk, while entertaining, can wound souls. What if we tried to tame our tongues and protect each other’s tender selves?

MOVING FORWARD: Who models discretion for you? Thank this person today.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Saldanha Bay (South Africa) and Duk (South Sudan)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18 | James 3:1-12 | Luke 17:1-10

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