Friday, March 15, 2019
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Sin is a funky word. It is one that isn’t used in modern everyday language. So what does it really mean? After some thought, I came upon this definition: anti-loving. It is more than just unloving- it is the absence of love. The bible tells us that love is patient, love is kind. It does not dishonor others or self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (Paraphrased for emphasis). God is love.
SO why in the first reading did the Israelites describe God as angry? This anger is not God making a mean face and being vindictive. We can be that way, and the Israelites are putting that emotion on God. There are times when God allows us to live with our anti-loving choices, either because we insist on them, or He is using these choices to get our attention – to feel what it is like to live without Him. This can feel like God is angry. In reality it is God being himself, very loving. As teachers, we have done the same with our students. We do whatever it takes to get their attention, to call them back to the fold of the classroom. They perceive that we are angry, when in reality, we are doing the hard work of loving them into a mature person, even when they insist of their behavior and actions.
Dear Lord, please help me this lent to see you in all things that happen and not to insist on my own way. Amen.
Maureen Norton, Math Teacher