Our Principal's Corner
April 5, 2019
by Mr. Swann, Principal
Today’s Gospel is a tricky one for us Christians. Paul writes to the Ephesians instructing them to be forgiving, tenderhearted, loving but also reminds them to be angry. Wait a minute, how can one be both loving and angry at the same time? It’s a legitimate question is it not? Paul goes on to explain how by instructing them to be imitators of God as beloved children and, and live in love. If any of you are confused about Paul’s suggestions, I don’t particularly blame you. As if being a Christian wasn’t difficult enough without being instructed in riddles. However, I think if we break it down, we can better understand what Paul is actually charging both the Ephesians and us modern Christians to do.
First, let’s focus on the “angry” part. Paul tells us to “be angry but do not sin”. If you have ever been a coach or teacher, you will better understand this concept as it is important for an individual’s growth to be corrected. As a coach, one’s players are going to make mistakes. They are going to mess up plays, make bad decisions on the court or field, and fail at times. If they are not corrected, they will most likely continue making the same mistakes eventually costing the team overall. Christianity is the same way. Often, we see Christians who are very good people, getting caught up in gossip, negativity, hurtful actions or bad decisions.
Paul is telling us that as Christians, we are to call other Christians out on these actions and if we are acting in this manner than we too should be called out as “we are members of one another.” It is our responsibility to not allow our Christian brothers and sisters fall into the snares of the devil for if we do, not only have they failed but so too have we! Yeah, that means there will most likely be a level of conflict and we sure don’t like that do we…. oh, that’s uncomfortable. I read ahead; Paul never says being a Christian is going to be easy (spoiler alert!).
So, how are we supposed to ensure that we 1. Are able to do this and 2. Do not fall into the trap ourselves? The second part of this break-down is focusing on being “imitators of God”. Obviously, we were not on earth when Jesus was. We have no idea what Jesus really looked like, how He sounded, how He styled His hair or wore His clothes. We do not know what His mannerisms were or how He walked so, how are we supposed to imitate Him? Paul answers this one too when he writes “live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us”. What we do know through scripture, is the way Jesus treated people. How he encouraged, taught, lifted up, gave grace, forgave, LOVED; we know these things to be true as they are written in scripture. It is this truth, this account of Jesus’s actions that gives us the opportunity to imitate Him! Just as our Lord did, we too are to speak kindly and truthfully, respect others, forgive as He forgave us, and to love. If you have lost sight of your Lenten journey and the newness has worn off, the Gospel today shakes back into focus. Once again, Paul may not be doing the easy thing, but he is doing the right thing and showing us how to do the same!