“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.” I Corinthians 13:1-5a
I have always been touched by this exalted passage authored by the apostle Paul. He poured these words from the bottom of his soul’s struggle to fully open to God’s Presence. Paul’s great gift to us is clarity about the spiritual life. It is first and always about love. And above all things, love requires patience–with ourselves, with others, and with God’s gentle and thorough ways. Would I love and be loved? Am I open to love’s fullness? These are questions to take into our heart and soul. Questions worthy of pondering.
In the Love and Light of the Christ,