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<< Sunday, February 1, 2004 >> 4th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13

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Psalm 71
Luke 4:21-30

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AGAPE WITH AGAPE LOVE

 
"Now I will show you the way which surpasses all the others." —1 Corinthians 12:31
 

God is Love, that is, "agape" love (see 1 Jn 4:16). If we do not have this divine, unconditional love, we are "among the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14), we know "nothing of God" (1 Jn 4:8), we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2), and we "gain nothing" no matter how gifted we are and how great are our works (1 Cor 13:3). St. John of the Cross has taught: "At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love" (Catechism, 1022).

God's kind of love suffers a long time (1 Cor 13:4 in Greek) and bears our burdens (1 Cor 13:4 in Greek). Agape love is not jealously possessive (see 1 Cor 13:4), prideful (see 1 Cor 13:4), disordered (see 1 Cor 13:5 in Greek), or selfish (1 Cor 13:5). In true love, we are not easily irritated (1 Cor 13:5) or hypersensitive. True love forgives so that we don't count others' offenses (1 Cor 13:5). Instead, we count our blessings.

To live in God's love is obviously humanly impossible. However, the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of love in our lives (Gal 5:22) by purifying our hearts, forming our consciences, and deepening our faith (1 Tm 1:5). Come, Holy Spirit of love.

 
Prayer: Father, grace me to forgive and love my worst enemies.
Promise: "They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord." —Jer 1:19
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus, our Love, our Lord, our God, our All!
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Love on audio AV 58-1 or video V-58.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard Walling, July 18, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 24, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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