The WORD in Other Words by Sr Mildred Arcos SSpS (Philippines)
Thursday Week 10 OT, 1 Cor 3:15-4:1, 3-6, Mt 5:20-26
Zeal and enthusiasm for the mission brought me to an island. I boarded an ordinary boat with a 150—person capacity. With prayer and song in my heart I settled gladly in one of the cots in a row and looked forward to my mission assignment.
As the boat sailed on, I noticed a group of athletes in basketball uniforms. They were drunk, pestering the passengers. One of them approached me, and later rushed down the lower deck of the boat and fired his gun. Fear and panic gripped the passengers. I kept my calm, but I was angry.
Mindful of what was happening I prayed, “Lord, it is ok if I die as long as you forgive me. Amen.” Yes, in times like this, I need to learn to let go of my anger, learn to forgive even if it pained me. By forgiving, I experienced peace.
Anger is a common human experience. Anger, according to Psychology, is one of the root causes of mental illness. Am I ready to let go of my anger and to go beyond the “Pharisees and Scribes” in me? Let us fill our hearts with the joy and peace of Jesus.