Jesus came to bring liberty to captives. Three requirements for being a wise captive are: realizing that we are captives; trusting in Jesus’ love and power to liberate; willingness to follow his lead out of bondage. The chains of captivity are the Seven Capital Sins and their effects. Like the others, unjust anger can keep us from rising to God in freedom and from a free and loving relationship with others. The mark of unjust anger is that it is self-centered. There is a just anger. That is not a Capital Sin, nor is it self-centered.
The worst bondage is bondage to the tyrants who dwell in ourselves. We are called to live the life of God who is supremely free: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord” (Lk 4).
Let me see my faults more clearly, Lord, so that I may know my enemy. I pray that you may set me free especially from the anger that embitters my heart and ruins the peace of the family in which I live.