Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers, intendeds, spouses, classmates, mothers, etc.,etc.
So, what is love?
I have officiated at the marriages of many young couples over the 40 years of my priesthood who have chosen St. Paul’s Ode to Love for their wedding Mass.
It has got to be one of the most awesome pieces of prose of all time.
If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith so as to move mountains
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast
it is not quick-tempered,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
but the greatest of these is love.
- – I Corinthians 13
You are LOVE itself.
We give you thanks for the people in our life who have loved-us-into the persons we are.
We rejoice in them and remember them in love.
But so many of us are wounded because we have not experienced the parental love
that would allow us to know and experience how to love.
Help us take your servant Paul’s words to heart that we may understand the true meaning of love.
May we have a heart that is open to all persons, all of life, all of the universe.
To You Lord, be glory and praise, now and forever.
(I have always have thought of Mary, Jesus’ mother, when I listen to the beautiful poetry of this song by Janis Joplin.)
priest / writer