Our second reading for Mass this weekend is one of the most beautiful and oft-quoted in the Biblical tradition: Paul’s hymn to love in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. Love–willing the good of the other–must undergird everything else in Christian life. Even the strongest faith, if it is unformed by love, is nothing; even the greatest pastoral outreach, if it is not for the sake of love, means nothing; even the most spectacular spiritual gifts, if they don’t conduce toward love, are worthless. In light of this reading, we have the criterion by which to assess the quality of our lives.
The Strange Path of Love
Cycle COrdinary TimeWeek 4
by Bishop Robert BarronFebruary 1, 2004
- “David” and Slaying Giants, Through Grace
- 3 Great Paintings on Christian Freedom, Now in Fort Worth, Texas
- Jesus, Photosynthesis, and Redemption
- The Best and Worst of Religion
- “Urgency, Power, Drama”: Jessica Hooten Wilson on Literature and Redemption
- A Chapter That Changed My Life: “Brideshead Revisted”
- Social Unrest and Doubt: Catalysts of Communication, Conversion
- Behaving Virtuously in the Online Wild West
- Come to the Water!
- “Jurassic Park”: An Unexpected Parable for the Modern Age
- If You Want Faithful Children, Let Them See Your Own Faith—Every Day
- Never Destroying, Forever Mending: The Wisdom of a Wall
- Honesty and Courage: Cornel West and Robert George Speak Out
- The Catechetical Directory and the Ways of Beauty
- Bishop Barron on Canceling Padre Serra
- What Do You Want?