September 19, 2018
(St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr)
St. Paul’s famous love passage from his first letter to the Corinthians, Ch. 13 ends: “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1_Cor_12:31-13:13
We hear it in 90% of the wedding ceremonies we attend. And yet, is anyone even listening? (What’s that divorce rate?) This virtue of Love is so far beyond anything we know and most of the things we do, that we have to wonder if it has just been totally forgotten. Because it’s certainly not the gushy, mushy stuff the world makes it out to be. That’s all just a self-centered, self-aggrandizing farce.
St. Paul could not have put it more succinctly:
“Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.”
If we could concentrate on just one of these aspects of Love per week, and then allow them to change our attitudes, allow them to change the very core of every thought and action we do, then, just imagine the change it can bring to our world. Just imagine the change it can bring to us – and not for our sake – but for the sake of building that Kingdom that Jesus commissioned us to do!
THERE’s our Hope!
And it all begins with LOVE!
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