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September 16, 2020

1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13

But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

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. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

How are we called to love well?

Enter into the words of St. Paul and know this – at this very moment, God is deeply loving you, cherishing you. How can God not love you like this ... you are made in God’s likeness and image. This is beautiful for you and God!

You might be tempted into discouragement when reading St. Paul’s prescription of love: “How can I meet this standard!” Please don’t go there. Instead, stay in the presence of God, who is Love and who knows your desires to act in his image. God’s delight is in our seeking to imitate his pure love. We are sons and daughters unfinished in reflecting God’s love and as long as we’re trying to love in a “more excellent way,” there is reason to be encouraged.

Can this reading be less about being graded and more about being graced? 

Can you give glory and thanks to God for the ways in which you love well? And can you give glory and thanks to God for revealing the more excellent ways you’re being called to love?  

—Mona Snider is a spiritual director, instructor and mentor at the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City in Missouri. Mona and her husband, Bruce, live in the Kansas City area and are the parents of Ben, Sophie and Grace.

 

Prayer

My Jesus,
With kindness and compassion you call me
to love in a more excellent way…
Yet daily I am challenged Lord, tested.                  

Your way of loving is most precious,
never mean-spirited, boastful or rude.
My desire is to be like you, to love as you do.

I ask you to show me Lord
how to love more deeply, more humbly.

Show me where I need to be more fully yours,
Touch my conscience, speak to my heart …
Show me where love is amiss in my words and works,
my intentions and motives. 

Let love be my first impulse in
how I think, what I speak and how I act.
With you as my model, dear Jesus,
I can only grow in love more excellent.

Amen

—Mona Snider


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September 16, 2020

1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13

But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

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. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

How are we called to love well?

Enter into the words of St. Paul and know this – at this very moment, God is deeply loving you, cherishing you. How can God not love you like this ... you are made in God’s likeness and image. This is beautiful for you and God!

You might be tempted into discouragement when reading St. Paul’s prescription of love: “How can I meet this standard!” Please don’t go there. Instead, stay in the presence of God, who is Love and who knows your desires to act in his image. God’s delight is in our seeking to imitate his pure love. We are sons and daughters unfinished in reflecting God’s love and as long as we’re trying to love in a “more excellent way,” there is reason to be encouraged.

Can this reading be less about being graded and more about being graced? 

Can you give glory and thanks to God for the ways in which you love well? And can you give glory and thanks to God for revealing the more excellent ways you’re being called to love?  

—Mona Snider is a spiritual director, instructor and mentor at the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City in Missouri. Mona and her husband, Bruce, live in the Kansas City area and are the parents of Ben, Sophie and Grace.

 

Prayer

My Jesus,
With kindness and compassion you call me
to love in a more excellent way…
Yet daily I am challenged Lord, tested.                  

Your way of loving is most precious,
never mean-spirited, boastful or rude.
My desire is to be like you, to love as you do.

I ask you to show me Lord
how to love more deeply, more humbly.

Show me where I need to be more fully yours,
Touch my conscience, speak to my heart …
Show me where love is amiss in my words and works,
my intentions and motives. 

Let love be my first impulse in
how I think, what I speak and how I act.
With you as my model, dear Jesus,
I can only grow in love more excellent.

Amen

—Mona Snider


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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