Today’s Bible reading

Do not make God’s Holy Spirit mourn. The Holy Spirit is the proof that you belong to God. And the Spirit is the proof that God will set you completely free.  Get rid of all hard feelings, anger and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Don’t have anything to do with any kind of hatred.  Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.  —  Ephesians 4:30-32

 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.  — James 1:19-20

More thoughts for meditation

In his merciful way our good Lord always leads us as long as we inhabit this impermanent life. And I saw no anger other than humanity’s, and God forgives us that, for anger is no more than perverse opposition to peace and love.  It arises from a lack of strength, or wisdom, or goodness. And this failure lies in ourselves rather than in God.  Our sin and desperation generate in us a wrath and a continual opposition to peace and love. But the ground of mercy is love, and the ministry of mercy is to preserve us in love. For mercy works in love, with generosity, compassion, and sweetness. And mercy labors within us, preserving us, and converting everything to the good. Through love mercy allows us to fail, at least in part, and to the extent we fall, we die.  For we die without fail when we no longer see and feel God, who is life.  Our failure is frightful, our falling inglorious, our dying wretched. Yet never does love’s compassionate eye turn from us, nor the operation of mercy cease.   — Julian

Suggestions for action

Carry this thought with you today: never does love’s compassionate eye turn from me.

Pray: God of compassion, I need to know you never turn from me.