SLOW TO ANGER

Wednesday 21st January – Memorial of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Reflection: Mark 3:1-6

SLOW TO ANGER

Beloved, the mercy of God is the reason we are all alive today. As the Scripture says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22). Today’s passage presents us with a very dramatic event. Jesus encountered a man with a paralyzed hand in the synagogue on a Sabbath day. Some persons were waiting to accuse Him of healing the sick on the Sabbath; but Jesus put forward a pertinent question to them: “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone’s life or to destroy it?” Their inability to respond made Jesus angry at them; yet, ‘He felt sorry for them because they were so stubborn and wrong.’ (Mark.3:4-5).

We have a lot to learn from this story. One important lesson here is that we must realize that when people offend us, they often do it out of ignorance. Hence our anger over what they have done should lead us to compassion for them. When people offend us repeatedly, instead of getting angry all the time we should rather exert compassion. This is indeed the lifestyle we are called to as the children of God. God our Father Himself is slow to anger and abounding in mercy. (Psalm 103:8). Jesus was indeed provoked by their merciless attitude in today’s passage, but mercy had its way.

Let us therefore ask God our Father to grant us a heart that is devoid of unnecessary offences and anger. Anger can lead one to act out of order. But mercy can channel the anger towards love for the offender. This is the grace we must ask of God today. The grace to be merciful and slow to anger.

PRAYER: Pray for a child-like heart, that neither harbours grudges nor is easily offended.

KNOW YOUR FAITH:  CCC 2447: “The works of mercy are charitable actions in which we come to the aid of our neighbour in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting, are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.”

HIDE A TREASURE:  “The Lord is merciful and loving, slow to become angry and full of constant love.” Psalm 103:8. GNB

Readings for Today: Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17; Psalm 110:1-4; Mark 3:1-6

HIS STEADFAST LOVE

Thursday 10th July – Thursday of week 14 of the year

REFLECTION: Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9

HIS STEADFAST LOVE

Our God is merciful and tender in mercy. This is one nature of God that beats human imagination. Indeed God declares today that He is not human (Hosea 11:9b). Why did God say this? It is simply because he knows the nature of man. Men would easily give up on their fellow men, and pick offence at every wrong done to them. But this is not the nature of our God. The Psalmist says that our God is “slow to become angry and full of constant love”. (Psalm 103:8). It is this nature of God that makes God outstanding. No wonder the prophet Jeremiah declared that His steadfast love and mercy are new every morning. (Lamentations3:22,23).

We are called as Christian youth to be imitators of our God in this unique attribute of His. We are not supposed to easily give up on our fellow men just because they have wronged us. We must always remember that love bears all things, and that its patience never fails. This is the attitude we should carry every moment of our lives, and in particular, this very day. God is calling on you to be like Him today. He says to you: “my child, go out today and show love to those who have wronged you, those who have offended you, those who have gossiped about you”. He continues to say to you: “my beloved child, if you are willing to do this, then my grace will be made available for you”.

So then beloved friend, let us swallow our pride, forsake the memories of past hurts, and by the grace of God, go and become vessels of mercy to all. One great benefit of this task is that you will experience true peace and be healed of your infirmities. This is because Jesus has said: “blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” God bless you as you hearken to His voice this day.

PRAYER: King of mercy, thank you for loving me. Fill me this day with the grace to truly love all who have offended me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2093: “Faith in God’s love encompasses the call and obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first commandment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “The Lord is merciful and loving, slow to become angry, and full of constant love.” Psalm 103:8 GNB

Readings for today: Hosea 11: 1-4,8-9; Psalm 80: 2-3,15-15; Matthew 10:7-15