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The Lure of Righteous Anger Matthew 5:21-26

The Lure of Righteous Anger

Special Installment: 15th Anniversary of 9/11

You're angry, and rightly so. Now what?

At a Glance

Today is a memorable day for anyone over the age of 25, because today is the 15th anniversary of a day that with Pearl Harbor will live in infamy. Perhaps it is a day that recalls, or even revives, dormant feelings of anger and desperation. Certainly, when the World Trade Center Towers came down 15 years ago, many people in the country were ready for blood. And they got it. We had just cause for our anger. But what is a biblical response when we're quite sure our anger is of the righteous variety?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Parked in Dopey," September 12, 2004, at

The morning of September 11, 2001, is a morning that we'll not forget. It's one of those "flashbulb" events which sear and blind our minds and memories. It's like those who remember the assassination of JFK. They remember precisely what they were doing when word came that Kennedy had been shot. So it is with 9/11. Talk to just about...

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