Homily: Righteous anger
By Monsignor Peter Jeffrey:
“Know yourself! Rule yourself! Give yourself!” Greek wisdom is about growing in self-knowledge, Roman wisdom is about ruling or controlling ourselves, whereas Christian wisdom is about giving ourselves!
Paul says to the Corinthians (in the 2nd reading) –“While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ”. Then Paul goes on to say that “Christ is the power and the wisdom of God”.
In the Gospel from John this Sunday we see Jesus in the Temple flare up in word and anger at what was happening in that sacred place. Anger is not always bad – it depends on what gives rise to the anger. Here Jesus is angry because God’s house had been turned into a market- place!
The scene was very turbulent. The authorities asked “What sign can you give us for doing these things?” Jesus said “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up!” He was referring to His death and Resurrection. So this Gospel reminds us that, during Lent, we are preparing to remember and celebrate the death and the resurrection of Jesus.
Today’s readings may challenge us to reflect on our own discipleship of Jesus. It is so easy to slip into complacency. Perhaps we could ask “In what areas of my daily living do I need a timely ‘shake-up’”? Our Eucharist nourishes us so that we may reflect on what we say and do especially in our relationships at home and at work. May we BE MORE as the ‘Caritas slogan’ exhorts us during this Lenten season.