What is love anyway?
Love is patient; love is kind.
Paul writes to the people of Corinth 1 COR 13:4-13 in today’s Second Reading. His list of what love looks like is quite challenging.
How do you love? While this Scripture is often chosen for weddings, this call to love applies to everyone. Can we love like Jesus? Being human, we often fail at loving. How would you end the sentence “Love is…”? It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things…How can it endure all things?
Today’s world and relationships are pretty complicated. Do you believe marriage can last a lifetime? Do you see that kind of love around you? Love is a decision and wills the good of another according to St. Thomas Aquinas. It takes a decision to love by both people in order to work out well or last…and forgiveness, understanding, listening and patience!
Agape – love without conditions or motivations. (Greek)
Paul says that we should strive eagerly for the greatest of spiritual gifts but we shouldn’t stop there! Write Paul’s list in your own words and post it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror. Use it for your examination of conscience and go to confession to receive God’s mercy, grace and supernatural strength to love like He does. Put your name in place of the word love. Paul is kind; Paul is patient. You, too, can be holy if you follow his advice! Don’t forget to pray and ask for help!
Based on the Readings for the Sunday Mass – February 3, 2019. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020319.cfm
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