Night Prayer Scripture: Wednesday

As of this writing in some places people praying Compline will be anticipating the observance of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) tonight. They will pray the “Saturday night” reading since it is designated for the eve of major church festivals.

Since it’s the last night of my series on Night Prayer Bible readings, I thought I’d do a brief commentary on the assigned Wednesday Scripture.

Like all the others, it is brief. It really has the form of a proverb, don’t you think? I’ve seen it given to people in different circumstances, but mainly married couples:

Be angry but do not sin;
do not let the sun set on your anger,
and do not leave room for the devil.
(Ephesians 4:26-27, NABRE)

Anger can be difficult. It is a powerful emotion that can move a person to make needed reforms–in themselves, and advocating on behalf of others. But as the writer suggests here, it can also be a trap for sin.

In a monastic community, I imagine good brothers or sisters will reflect on the importance of anger being set aside as the day ends. Perhaps not losing the urgency for personal chance or penance. Perhaps not losing the drive to love one’s community.

In a household, spouses especially can benefit from the caution against letting things simmer as we settle into sleep and dreams. The advice is well-taken: make room for love, dedication, and commitment. Leave no room for resentments and the festering of negative emotions.

This series on Scripture closes tonight. Notice anything in these seven posts?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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