Don’t let the sun set on your anger


Sr Louise McKeogh FMA
Sr Louise McKeogh FMA.

CathBlog of Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Social Justice Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

From where we live you sometimes get a beautiful view of the sunset over the Blue Mountains. It’s a chance to enjoy God’s beauty and creation in an otherwise fairly rundown suburban area.

These sunny Sydney winter days have bought a couple of beautiful sunsets in recent weeks. As I watch them, I cannot get a recent phrase out of my mind: “Don’t let the sun set on your anger.”

It has been playing over and over in my mind since a colleague used it recently. Lurking in the back of my mind like a song that you hear on the radio first thing in the morning and stays with you the whole day through

It is actually from Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry, but do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger”.

My colleague was talking about anger as a positive emotion: the energy and the power to act.

In Ephesians 4, he thought that we as Christians are being challenged by God to not let the fire go out. Don’t let the sun set on your anger – Passion keep it going, and the next day remain passionate about the things that are important to you.

As social justice coordinator, I meet many people who demonstrate passion and long term commitment to many social justice issues, and to our church, sometimes against all odds.

Some people share their individual story and you just wonder how and why they are still doing what they are doing. If life’s experiences had treated me the way some folk have experienced the bumps and bruises of life’s journey then I think that I may have given up a long time ago. But they are people who have refused to let the sun set on their anger – on their power and passion to act.

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