“And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people,
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give know...
“O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak.” (Ps 6: 1-2, Septuagint-translation)
I get most angry about/with those people and those things that I most love. “Hell hath no fury,” as it’s said, as do I, when disappointed with a something or someone that I love very much. But when I remember this, that my outburst of anger is just a twisted expression of my love, (especially when my love feels powerless), I can “harness” it or reign it in, by God’s grace, into an outburst of proper love. And I need to do that, because my anger, if I remain in it, is always unproductive, or a descent into unproductiveness, while true love is always creative and life-bringing. “For the anger of a man does not produce...
“And you, who were dead (ὄντας νεκροὺς) in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath/anger (τέκνα φύσει ὀργῆς), just as the others, – God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, made us alive together with Christ (συνεζωοποίησεν τῷ Χριστῷ), even when we were dead in trespasses. By grace you have been saved…” (Eph 2: 1-5)
Here St. Paul is telling us about a choice we have made, not to be the stillborn or dead “children of wrath/anger,” but children of th...