Reading: Luke 9: 51-62
As God incarnate, as human flesh fully alive in this world, it makes sense that Jesus got angry. Being divine did not keep Jesus from weeping a tear for Lazarus, from being joyful over a lost sinner being saved, or from being moved by a poor widow’s offering. So why should we be surprised that at times Jesus got angry too? Too often we want Jesus to be only the warm and fuzzy and loving.
The reality is that Jesus exhibited anger at times throughout His ministry. He gets angry at the Pharisees and Sadducees and even at His own disciples. And I am sure that He gets angry at me and at you from time to time as well! In this story today, what lies ahead in Jerusalem has surely put all on edge; Jesus is probably as likely to break into tears as into a rant.
As disciples of Christ, we are ever seeking to become more and more like Him. Jesus felt all emotions, as do we. We should. Anger has a place. We might be angry over an injustice and be moved by our anger to intervene. We might be angry at ourselves for falling into sin and the emotion may lead us over the stumbling block to a place of change and transformation. Anger is also present in our prayer life. In times of deep emotions we may need to rail at God out of the depths of our pain and suffering. God can take it. He desires an open and honest relationship. This day may we offer all to God. May we offer all that is inside of us – joy, pain, praise, anger, love, adoration. May our relationship with God be all it can be.