WHAT MAKES JESUS ANGRY?

You don’t want to make God angry. There was one thing that did provoke anger on more than one occasion. It was saying one thing in public but holding a different position in your heart. It was duplicity. It was hypocrisy.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28 So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (NRSVCE)

Jesus is merciful to sinners, but the admonition to go and sin no more (a significant departure from continuing to sin and sin and sin with no intention of keeping God’s law of love). (John 8:11). That behavior makes God angry.
God knows that humans are weak and in need of daily mercy and forgiveness. God also gives us the grace each day to be adopted sons and daughters of the Father, even though our human flesh is weak and prone to do what is not correct. Don’t make the mistake that, just because God is all merciful, that he approves of our choice of evil. Evil is evil and has no part in God’s Kingdom. We say that God is just. Justice means he does not condemn us, because what he made was good, but that our choices missed the mark (sin) and we must once more make all things new through His grace.  Humans are basically good but wounded by the sin of Adam and Eve. We suffer the effects of original sin, which is why we are hypocrites and do the things we say we will never do.
So, we must get rid of all sin (a lifetime task) through being penitential in our approach to life. We must do reparation for our sins. Each time we say we are going to be faithful but do something to derail us from our intended path, we are hypocrites, worthy of God’s wrath. Every time we sin, there is a price to pay.  Let me give you an example. If you steal $50,000 from me and get caught, then tell me you are sorry for your offense, there is still one thing left for you to do so as not to be a hypocrite: you must return my $50,000.  You will then go to jail for what you did. This is called reparation for your offense, that is, you must pay society and me back for what you did to us. Imagine how much more we owe God when we offend him each and every day.  That is why I say each of us must be penitential people, having reparation for our sins by performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10198d.htm
Matthew 23 states the following.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.[d] 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell[e] as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.’ 19 How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; 21 and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it; 22 and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you, tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup,[f] so that the outside also may become clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28 So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 33 You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?[g] 34 Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 35 so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.

The big questions:  Do you make God angry and if you do, do you have the penitential mindset to make atonement for your lack of sensitivity to God’s will?  You don’t want to make God angry! You really don’t!

That in all things, may  God be glorified. –St. Benedict

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