Seldom does the gospel show Jesus angry. In today’s reading he is angry at the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and their hardness of heart. In our society today we see so much anger, and we know that anger can be very destructive. Yet St. Thomas Aquinas taught that righteous anger is a strong reaction to injustice, and its purpose is to move us to correct whatever wrong we have witnessed. Today as we transfer the power of our government from one party to another, many people are angry. Is this good anger or destructive anger?
Jesus should always be our model for the kind of anger that can spur us to positive action. Jesus never allowed his anger to fester, nor did he let it explode into rage. Rather he controlled it with the grace of the Holy Spirit and channeled it for good. When you are angry at someone or something, remember Jesus’ example.
Jesus understands how easy it is to let our anger get the best of us. Let’s examine our motives and ask Jesus to forgive us if we have done something wrong. Jesus is always there to soften our hearts so we have more room in those hearts to love !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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