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The Power of Anger

Reflection on Mass Reading for June 15, 2017

It has been said that, “whoever angers you, controls you.” This wisdom is gained from having lived and learned from those who may be closer to the grave than most. You see, for many who know that time is more precious than they had ever imagined, it is of ultimate importance to know how to and how not to spend our days.

Pope Francis also added some clarification to this discussion while quoting scripture, “In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ words are clear in this regard: ‘But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says “You fool!” shall be liable to the hell of fire’. When we hear people saying awful things, it’s important to always remember that to call someone ‘fool’ or ‘psycho’ is to kill your brother, because an insult ‘is rooted in hatred.’ In fact, ‘it stems from the same root as crime: the same-hatred!’ Nevertheless, insulting is like second nature to us. There are people who have a shocking ability to express hatred for another person.”

If it is true, and I do believe that it is, that whoever leads us to angry moments is in fact controlling us, then imagine if we put that in a slightly different paradigm; “The One who inspires us to love and forgive, is the One who holds my heart.”

We can then wholeheartedly agree with St. Paul who accurately wrote, “All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Jesus, we can have a beautiful life that is full of love and peace. He taught us how to live and how to die. Let Him have managing influence in everything you do and say, today and always. Think of the moment when the Lord Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River with the Father’s voice and the Holy Spirit present. Think of the rebirth of our souls at Baptism. Try to remember that when you are tempted to fight fire with fire, the Fire Department usually uses water.

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