Love and Resurrection ~ February 2

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Love and Resurrection

1 Corinthians 13

Psalm 71:1-6Jeremiah 1:4-10I Corinthians 13:1-13Luke 4:21-30

There are passages of Scripture associated with certain sacred events so much that we have a hard time applying them to other aspects of life and faith. Here are some examples: Psalm 51, where David laments his sin with Bathsheba, is read every Ash Wednesday. Of course, the Nativity stories in Matthew and Luke, are read during Christmas. Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd”, is read at more Christian funerals than not, and this week’s epistle reading, I Corinthians 13, is frequently read at weddings. How often do you hear it read outside of weddings? Let’s remind ourselves that the Love Chapter is not just for weddings but worth reading every day of the year!

Maybe it shouldn’t be read at weddings at all? Weddings are romantic moments. Brides and grooms are full of excitement and the air is electric with celebration. Does it make sense to read one of the heaviest passages in Scripture at that event? I Corinthians 13 reminds us all that what we oftenconsider love is not love at all. Love is not a feeling. Love is not an urge. Love is a decision to act on the behalf of another, even, and especially, when it comes at great expense to oneself. Maybe that kind of talk is too heavy for a wedding service.

Wrestle with this for a moment. Love is not spiritual. Love is the ultimate Christian virtue. It is to be valued above all other attitudes and actions. Yet, love is not a spiritual act.

Love cannot and will not be relegated to the realm of the Spirit only; it will be made real in the everyday now, in both moments of joy and duress. Love is not spiritual if it’s not first very, very earthy. Empowered by the Spirit we can follow Christ in love and obedience.

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Paul Hill