April 3, 2014

“But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, ‘Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand?’” (Ex 32: 11)

One of the uncomfortable aspects of the Old Testament is God’s anger. In today’s first reading, God is enraged at Israel’s worship of idols and it takes Moses’ intervention to turn God’s wrath away from them. There isn’t enough space to unpack the reality of God’s anger, but perhaps a reflection on our own anger. St Thomas Aquinas says anger is a response to a perceived injustice. If I see someone lying to another I should feel anger. If I see bullies picking on someone I should feel anger. But anger can often lead us to do irrational, even sinful things. Today ask the Lord, “Jesus what should I do when I feel angry?”