As I was preparing this newsletter, including its emphasis on righteous anger, I encountered Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. You may recall, I am deeply engaged in the lengthy process of “Getting to Know Jesus Again, For the First Time.” In this newsletter, I occasionally give you an update. Here is the latest.
When the topic turns to the question of Jesus and anger, what story comes to mind? I doubt it is this one, that I do not recall ever noticing before:
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath—Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (Mark 3:1-6)
What do you learn about Jesus from this story? In our world today, what is happening that provokes the righteous anger of Jesus? Yours? What are you and Jesus doing with this anger, together?