Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 23 Year 1
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
This verse is perhaps among the most famous words of Paul. It is used at weddings and other occasions to bring joy to the event. These words are the summation of the definition of the word love.
Just to show the relativity of love to the other important spiritual guides in our lives, faith and hope, Paul compares love. Faith speaks of what we believe and in what or who we trust. It is now and where we are in this moment. Faith is adjustable, can be taught, can be reshaped to fit new understanding.
Hope is what we are looking forward to. It is futuristic, not yet, but longed for. Hope works beyond faith as it tries to make sense of what should be. Hope wants to love but can’t see completely, only in part. Hope longs for improvement.
Love is complete and does not concern itself with what will be because love is now. It is unconditionally compassionate now and always looking forward only to deeper relationship. Love is not earned but freely given to all whether asked for or not. And most important, love is that quality about us that is eternal, it cannot be destroyed. Love then, is energy!
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+