Today’s first reading contains the “love chapter” in 1 Corinthians 13. I’m not sure why, but for some reason this little exercise has always stuck with me. Someone once told me that it’s a good exercise to stick your own name in where “love” should be in the chapter. So, instead of “Love is patient, love is kind,” you would insert in your name: “Jeremy is patient, Jeremy is kind.”
Now, I can say offhand that those statements do not sound true to me. I am often impatient and unkind. So, this is a good way to see how well we are measuring up to how we should live. It confronts us with the fact that we are often very unloving. Give it a try:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.