17th September

The abortion people are lobbying intensively for a repeal of Ireland’s pro-life constitutional article (#8). If you would like to send an e-card to your political representatives, click on this link: http://www.prolifecampaign.ie/autumn2014/

Today’s first reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 which is often read at funerals andJesus-Loves-Me-by-Dana-Pittman weddings. In this treatise on love we are given a list of attributes which we can assume is in descending order. We might expect that top of the list would be something really heroic (in the conventional sense) such as martyrdom, a penitential pilgrimage to the Holy Land on bare feet, three years on bread and water, etc. Instead we find: Love is always patient and kind. This is the everyday bread and butter of witnessing God’s goodness to the world.

Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.

If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fulness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish;
it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth;
it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge – for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.

In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Garfield on the other hand doest believe in too much self-exertion!