Sunday, January 31, 2016

LOVE IS OUR GREATEST VIRTUE

Mass proved most interesting today, the second reading was Paul's hymn to love, as the highest virtue. 

Frankly, I believe it to be one of the most beautiful and devastating passages in the New Testament.

I have read this hymn from his First Letter to the Corinthians before. It is popular at weddings for some reason.

It aptly capitalizes St. Paul's theological thoughts. It certainly made me pause and think about the fundamentals of life. Love he argues is not just an emotion, it is the virtue that builds communities and society. That love should be at the center of all of our actions, not self interest. We must genuinely love god and one another.

What ever your religious beliefs, I think this is a great meditation worthy of reflection.

But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. 
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. 
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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