Last Sunday’s reading is one of the most recognizable Bible verses. It was in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Even if you don’t regularly read the Bible you know when you see 1 Corinthians that it is going to be talking about love. It is also one of the most read passages at weddings. No matter how many times I hear it I still find it to be a beautiful reading. The reading is:
“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. Love never fails.”
Like one of the priests said last Sunday, this reading about love isn’t meant to be how we see love in our everyday lives. Paul was writing about love being more of an action, instead of an emotion. He didn’t mean them in a romantic way.
I understand that, but I feel like it is still very relatable to every version of love in our world. I think love is both an action and emotion. As Christians, we should act with love every day. Love should govern how we interact with those around us, especially the people we dislike. But loving the people around us can be a big challenge sometimes!
Being human, I face this challenge in my everyday life in interactions with my boyfriend, roommates, and family. I love all of them, but sometimes it gets a little hard to act out the love that is described in the passage. These words describe some of the toughest problems we have to overcome with loving another person, and everyone else around us. The words address some of the most nitty-gritty circumstances of our lives. The love Paul describes in this passage is beautiful but it is not easy. This is a love that makes demands on us from the inside out, a love that asks each of us to always put others before ourselves.
Personally, it is something I need to truly work on, but it is something we all could improve on everyday of our lives. So make an attempt! Try and spread selfless love to all those who surround you!
Good luck and best wishes.
Peer Minister, MSUB