Righteous anger...or not

We ought to be wary of our so-called righteous anger. We tell ourselves, “There is nothing wrong with me being angry. Christ was angry when He drove the money-changers from the temple. “ Yes. Indeed He was. Perhaps though we ought to reflect that this was the only time He was shown being angry. He is shown 1000 times being “meek and humble of heart.”

Just perhaps then, that ratio is itself an important lesson that our Blessed Lord is teaching us.

“All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.”

I think we can safely venture to say, based on how Our Lord lived His life, that the season of anger is meant to be fleeting. Of course, not a soul that ever is or was wishes to see the anger of God. Not one of us could stand before God and see His gaze fixed on us in anger. And yet, we who are meant to be the face of Christ in this life to our fellow men often reflect a face of anger.

“Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”

We ought to take heed of the face of Christ we show to others in this life. I greatly fear that the face of Christ we will see on judgement day will be precisely that face we showed to others. We will exclaim, “I know this Face!” Take care that this will be an exclamation of joy.