Anger of God
Today’s Gospel Text: And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them. Mark 10:13-16
Reflection: There are some emotional expressions which cannot be easily ignored, such as the cry of a child or the anger of most living creatures.
What is it that makes us feel angry? Broadly speaking, there could be good reasons or for the wrong reasons.
One could be angry for pure self centered reasons, for example, a father could get angry with the child because he can’t read his newspaper or because he is angry with his boss and so he lets out his frustration on the child or his wife or sometimes even on a domesticated animal at home.
Humans so often manifest anger indiscriminately and for the wrong reasons and sometimes if there are good reasons for anger it could be misconstrued as a wrong. Some look at any manifestation of anger as wrong.
Anger in itself is a pure emotion, created by God when he created life for the good of life. It is power in our hands which can be used and abused too.
Blessed is the man who makes less use or rather the right use of the power he wields in order to get work done and more so uses it for the glory of God.
Therefore in scripture you have St. Paul exhorting the Christians: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Eph 4:26-27
Why did Jesus have to angry?
In the gospels we see Jesus very rarely getting angry but always for the right reasons: He is seen to get angry with the Pharisees on account of the hardness of their hearts; a condition in which they failed to see the saving truth of God’s love for them.(cfr. Mk. 3:5)
In the temple he is seen to drive out the money changers who desecrate the temple of God and thus invites God’s wrath. (cfr. Jn. 2: 14-21)
In today’s gospel we see him angry with the disciples when they fail to see the great love that God has for preserving whatever innocence a child may have and the quality that makes them open to receive the kingdom of God in their hearts.
God’s anger in this life manifested by the many calamities and sometimes difficulty around us is an action of his love for us so that we are not lost like the rest of humanity who reject him.
Prayer: Turn not thy servant away in anger, thou who hast been my help. Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation! Ps 27:9
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