Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Do you know what love is?

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Rocker Courtney Love.

Do you know what love is? You might get many different answers if you spent an afternoon asking "What is love?" to people walking down a busy street. Using the model of God's love, here is how St. Paul describes it.

1 Corinthians 13
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And 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. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When 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. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

2 comments:

dopel said...

Yuck!! Not a good choice of pictures for such a good writing.

Timotheos Prologizes said...

I thought it was a good illustration of the contrast between the false "love" promised by the world and the true love of God.

Rewrite the passage in the opposite and replace "love" with "Courtney love." It makes sense.

"Courtney Love is not patient and kind; Courtney Love is envious and boastful; she is arrogant and rude. She insists on her own way . . ."