Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday 24A and Tenth Anniversary of 9-11: "Wrath and anger are hateful things"

"Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight."

Many reacted with anger when they became aware on 9-11 that we were under attack. When they found out who was attacking us some began to focus their anger on individuals. When OSB, the ringleader of our enemies on that fateful day, was finally prevented from committing any more evils some danced on his grave in delight.

But we love a God who does not delight in the death of the sinner. And He calls us to shun all hatred and its attendant emotion of anger. He does this without in any way diminishing his mission to bring full justice to the earth. But God's ways are not like our ways and we sometimes struggle to understand why He both permits evil and forbids us to be angry about it or to seek vengeance. He does this because He loves us and desires that we be saved so as to love Him. And he calls us to love ourselves enough that we defend ourselves and our lives while also shunning the sin which can keep us from Him.

For the full text of homily for Sunday 24A and the Tenth Anniversary of 9-11 please click here.

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