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Thursday, September 6, 2018

       “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” (Eph 4: 25-27)

     “Be angry, and do not sin,” says the Apostle, on the one hand, (quoting the Septuagint-version of Ps 4: 5). But then he tells us to keep this anger short, and “not let the sun go down on” our “wrath.” So, anger, which is not the same thing as hostility, is something we can engage productively, albeit briefly. Why, and how?

     Anger is not a sin per se, but rather a God-given “spark,” attributed also to the Lord (e.g., Mk 3: 5). It is not to be abused to ignite (self-) destructive hostility, say, in the direct forms of an a...

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