Sept 17 – Wednesday
1 Cor 12:31-13:13; Lk 7:31-35
Love is more important than all the spiritual gifts we may possess. St. Paul asks us, “How good is an action if it is not motivated by love?” He went ahead to describe what love is and what it makes us to do and not to do. It makes us patient. It makes us kind. It makes us protect, trust, hope and persevere. It makes us not to be selfish, proud and vengeful. Love benefits the giver as well as the receiver. Many times we love because we are loved in return, we give because we expect something in return, we help because we expect a payback time, but what if there is nothing in return. Are we going to maintain the same degree of love that was given initially?
Both Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist carried out their actions out of love. John came, proclaiming God’s judgment for unrepentant sinners and Jesus proclaimed God’s mercies. Yet neither they nor their messages were accepted. They persisted even when the physical reward was not there because they know that the world was only seeing a poor reflection of what has been revealed to them.
Now that we have known what was revealed to them, what are the things that prompt and guide our actions? Is it love, fame or material rewards? Anything can lead us into good actions, but at the end of it all, there is a lack and we may never get maximum benefits from them. But when love guides us, we will experience the perfection of the actions because it is motivated by something beyond us, God, for God is love and his actions are perfect.