Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/013116.cfm
Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way.
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, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it 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.n It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We must be open to all the gifts that the Lord has for us. We must be ready to accept them and use them for His honor and glory. But if we do not have love, we have nothing. If you love someone, you treat them with kindness, respect and you honor them. If there is any type of abuse in a relationship, love is not present. Love gives unfailingly and is never harsh or brutal. If you love someone and always feel the need to put them down, or berate them or abuse them, that is not love. If you are in a relationship like that, you are not loved, you are abused. Find a love that is willing to give and not take and you have found Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for leading me out of my abusive relationship. I have found peace, joy and happiness in my relationship with you. I know that there is nothing I can do that will send you away from me. You are always there waiting to forgive and forget. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen.
I will sing of your salvation.