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Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

 

READING

First Reading: 1 COR 12:31-13:13

Responsorial Psalm: PS 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 AND 22

Gospel: LK 7:31-35

 

Homily

In our first reading St. Paul defines for us what true love is. This definition presents the acts of true love.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

This is a divine meaning of love that is expressed in goodness. And it is beautiful indeed. Love is not a concept, nor a feeling. It is an action word expressed in acts of charity. It manifests the goodness of our hearts which is basically God’s goodness. This is true love.

How we wish the world may love this way.  And all peoples will surely live in peace. There will be no more crimes nor wars. There will no longer be people suffering from poverty. There will more people who die of hunger and starvation. But all of these will remain just a wish if we do not have the kind of love, which Paul describes.

Yet, knowing our incapacities and weaknesses, it will be very difficult for us. We sometimes become impatient and unkind at people. At times, we are jealous, rude and quick tempered. We enjoy having escape shame after having lied. We are sometimes unbelieving and we loose hope. We do not endure pains in life so well that we easily despair and get discouraged. Our ways of loving will always stained by these. We can never have true love. 

It is necessary for us now that we pray for true love. And since it is only the Holy Spirit who can give us this kind of love, let us pray that God may send His Holy Spirit to grant us the heart and mind of Jesus. We pray that we may love as He loves, that we may be capable of true love. 

 

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