This Sunday we turn our attention to Anger/Love. Anger is something we all experience. At its best anger is wanting to tell us something. At its worst anger can produce deadly results. Anger has the power to push apart. Love, in all its variations, has the power of moving people closer. The scriptures below will be focal points for our community time. Consider these lessons and the questions offered.
Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice…
Qs. How can we be angry and not sin?
What is the difference between anger and wrath?
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
Qs. Days before Jesus experienced the full fury of anger’s results. It is an aftermath scripture lesson. As you read it, where do you think anger has gone? What do you think is needed for anger to be dissipated?