February 3, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Love is patient. Love is kind.
Most of us know these words by heart. We hear them at weddings and read them on Pinterest-y cute word signs from Hobby Lobby. We hear them so often that they’ve become a bland cliche instead of their profound message and call to change. When we look past their vanilla flavored blandness that comes from over-familiarity, their message is an incredibly difficult one to live.
We live in a world where most of the people we know label themselves as “basically good people” without ever having to define what that really means. It’s an abstract idea without any kind of real meaning. The call to love in today’s epistle is exactly the opposite. Paul doesn’t call us to be a “good person,” he challenges us to “be love” out in the world. By swapping out the word “Love” for “Am I” we have an amazing examination of conscience and a clearly defined algorithm for how we are supposed to live.
So we ask ourselves:
Am I patient?
Am I kind?
Am I free from jealousy?
Am I free from pride?
Am I walking around with an inflated feeling of self-importance?
Am I rude?
Am I always seeking my own interests?
Am I quick tempered?
Am I spending time brooding over injury instead of forgiving?
Am I rejoicing in wrong doing or am I rejoicing in the truth?
Do I bear all things?
Do I believe?
Do I hope?
Do I endure?
Love never fails, not even in the “not evens.” Not even when it’s hard. Not even when it’s inconvenient. Not even when it’s annoying. Not even when it’s not politically correct. Not even when it personally costs us dearly. Not even.