Four Lessons of Anger

Father Philip Smith: Jesus shows us today that he wants to enter into that anger with us. He takes on our anger and he redeems it, he transforms it into a power to do good.

Four Lessons of Anger that Jesus’ teaches us today:

  1. Anger can be a very healthy and good reaction to injustice and a serious disrespect toward other people or toward God that we experience in the world.
  2. True anger should lead us to Christian action.
  3. Using our words to explain the reasons for our frustration, our disappointment and our anger can create true dialogue that eventually can lead to true reconciliation and a way forward.
  4. We don’t need to distance ourselves from God when we’re filled with anger.

Gospel: John 2:13-25
Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.

While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
many began to believe in his name
when they saw the signs he was doing.
But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all,
and did not need anyone to testify about human nature.
He himself understood it well.