Jesus was angry at one point in the Gospels. Yes. Angry.
Today, we can get angry at the smallest things: the ATM not working when you need cash, having to go out when it is raining and you get soaked, not getting the right order at McDonald’s…you get the idea.
But is any of that righteous anger? Is it justified?
The answer is most likely no.
When I was younger, my mom and I would read the Bible every night before bed. I would volunteer to read Jesus’ parts and my mom would read the other parts. At the time, Jesus’ words were written in red. I remember learning about Jesus being angry one time and I was shocked, to say the least. Here I am, a young kid, and I always thought Jesus was a nice guy who loved everyone. I never thought he could experience anger. Fast forward a few years and I realized that Jesus’ anger in the temple was justified.
In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a story where Jesus walks into the temple and sees people making it into a marketplace. As soon as Jesus sees this, he starts flipping tables and is angry (Matthew 21:12-17).
Jesus says, “It is written: My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.” (Matthew 21:13).
Is this anger justified? Yes. Jesus’ anger is justified because what was being done in the temple was disrespectful to God. It’s a slap in the face. It’s like sin. When we commit a mortal sin, we slap God in the face. We don’t listen to Him. Since Jesus is fully human and fully divine, he was able to feel anger and act upon it. It’s amazing how we get angry and act out upon the silliest things and none of it is justified. None of it is an offence against God. Making a place of worship into a marketplace is like a slap to God’s face. It is a sign of disrespect. When was the last time you got angry because you saw something that was offending God, Jesus, Mary, the saints, etc.? If you can remember, what did you do about it? Did you stand up for God? Did you pray? I cannot tell you how many pictures and posts I’ve seen in which someone was obviously attacking the Blessed Mother or the Savior!
When we get angry at someone or something, we should take a step back, breathe and be honest with ourselves: “Is this something to get worked up about? Is my anger justified? In situations of anger, it’s easy to make a rash decision. Take some time to really think about a situation or a person before making a permanent decision on something temporary. Emotions can get the best of us a lot of times and we need to be careful.
So, what would Jesus do? Pray and love those people. We should love the people that hurt us. It sounds contradictory, but it’s true. Jesus loves everyone. He may not agree with their decisions, but he loves them with an everlasting love. If we’re going to be Christ-like, we need to follow his example. We have to push past all the hurt and anger someone causes us. We have to be the bigger person. We need to be what God calls us to be: saints. Being a saint is not easy. We need to be slow to anger. When we get angry, we need to ask ourselves, “Is my making a decision while under the influence of this emotion a good idea?” Even making a decision when euphoric can be a bad idea. My point is, when we feel these intense emotions, we need to step back and look at the situation and all the possibilities that could stem from it.
It is OK to be angry, but it is not OK to be cruel. Please do not make any rash decisions while angry. I know of a person that has a chemical imbalance that causes him to be more prone to anger, but he’s currently taking medication to help it and it is working. Some people just need an anger management class and some tips to help when they are facing this intense emotion. Just whatever you do, do not make a decision based on an intense emotion, whether that emotion be good or bad. Make the decision when you have a clear mind.Tags » Anger, cleansing of the temple, jesus