1 Corinthians 13 and Valentine’s Day: Observance on Authentic Love

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When 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. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

This past Friday was Valentine’s Day. Throughout the day into the evening, I observe the exchange of delicate roses, decorated Valentine cards, sultry sweet candy, and other gifts. Ladies dressed in their primped dresses and well done make-up draping the arms of their husbands or as they describe their boyfriends (I’m a little old school so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t subscribe to this term). Love in the air, right ? However, the question I ask myself year after year is two fold: First do they know the origin of Valentine’s Day and do they fully comprehend what they they are celebrating and more importantly WHY are they celebrating that one special day. Realistically, shouldn’t this be something to be celebrated everyday ? Do they have a true comprehension of love ? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not doubting there are several couples out there who authentically love one another and understand what they are doing. However, you notice this biblical passage mentions nothing about love being tied directly to how one feels in a moment. It mentions nothing you of playful exchanges of gifts and stares and giddy feelings. There is nothing at all wrong with these things. In fact, everything is right with it. The issue is we live in a society where ones love is exist until it cease to be convenient to love. Love will run deeper than oceans or should until their feelings dictate one’s love now only runs as deep as a fish bowl. Saint Paul writes here that when he became a man he gave up childish ways. The reality is some of those people who celebrated Friday night took an adult matter, Catholic observance for Saint Valentine, and celebrated using childish ways. The passage 2 Corinthians 12:31 speaks having an earnest desire for the higher gifts. In 2 Corinthians 12:27 it mentions being members of the body of Christ. Brothers and sisters this is the truer way to celebrate love. This is the adult mature way to celebrate love.

May we ask the Blessed Mother to pray for us that we understand and apply true love and may Christ Our King always rule our hearts so that true love within us forever reign.

Dominus vobiscum

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