Reflecting on I Cor. 12: 31-13:13
If I wear all the right hats, or hate those who do, but don’t have love, it’s better I just not show up at all.
If I am so confident of my authority on a subject that no one can teach me anything, it’s better I sit this one out lest I end up stomping on love.
If I have the coolest insights into scripture, but don’t let people know how deeply I love them, they’ll despair that God is actually able to be found there.
If I love Jesus so much and people so little, I need to ask a loving person to convert me, because I’ve mistaken religion for something else entirely.
Love writes a note of thanks to the person who extends a thoughtful gesture, even if that person isn’t “important.” He or she is important to God.
Love listens, and remembers, and laughs at other people’s jokes.
Love doesn’t sneak tiny criticisms of others into the conversation, then stand back and enjoy the fallout.
Love really does rejoice when something wonderful happens to someone else. Love promotes other people.
Love is expansive, and forgiving, and gracious. Love doesn’t make people feel insecure or “less than.”
The sun may burn out, and the universe may expand into the Deep Chill. Heaven and earth may pass away; but love will remain forever.
How is the presence of love tangible in your parish?
Kathy McGovern ©2019