|Eucharistic Readings for 3 February 2019 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30|
“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.” (Luke 4: 28)
The people in the synagogue did not know Jesus as well as they thought they did and most certainly did not know the God of love. We can never say what God will do or who God will use in bringing the glory of heaven near.
As Paul tells us what love is in 1st Cor. Chapter 13, he also tells us what love is not. Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
When we feel rage coming, we need to stop and breathe. We need to ask ourselves what’s going on? It is just as important to resist anger as it is to acquire compassion. There is a study of psychology around anger management. It deals with the whys and associated behaviors. It is important. Anger impedes compassion and understanding. One of the first Biblical examples of anger out of control comes from Genesis Chapter 4 where Cain kills his brother Abel. In that chapter we have God asking Cain “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen 4: 6-7)
The people in the synagogue were filled with rage. The proper response is to learn to do better, to correct whatever has been brought to their attention and try to be a better people. The same goes for us today. Anger based action causes regrettable consequences.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
I love to go a pondering #2019.003:
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1John 4: 8) God is love. So from 1st John we learn what it means to be a godly people. It is not power or great intelligence, it is simply love. And as our Presiding Bishop says, love is the answer to everything. I think that is because God is the answer to everything. Bishop Curry is not alone in this opinion. St Paul in closing his definition of love says, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1st Cor. 13:13) The greatest of all things in heaven and on earth is love. Wow! What a valuable secret, Pssst, pass it on.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)