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.
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