Jeff Cook, author of Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes , has offered some brief meditations for us to ponder during Lent this year.
During Lent, we will meditate together on the Seven Deadly Sins and use this list as an aid in confession as we prepare ourselves for Holy Week, Good Friday and the Easter announcement of resurrection.
There is great pain in our world, and our anger alerts us to the fact that it needs fixing. I become angry when I see the weak exploited, those I care about injured, and what I value destroyed. The desire for justice is legitimate. (In fact, God desires the elimination of evil even more than we do.) Yet when my longing for justice turns to violence and scorn, to lashing out and deprivation of love toward others—I no longer share God’s perspective. I move from being part of the solution to becoming just another part of the problem for I have embraced the way of wrath.
Like the other deadly sins, wrath wars against the community—the kingdom—that God wants to create, and to us Jesus says, “Blessed are you who work for peace. You will be called a child of God … Love your enemies, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good” (Mt 5). Take a moment to let the Spirit expose wrath in your life, so you may repent and be free.
(Excerpt from Seven: the Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes by Jeff Cook)