If Only We Could Read!
In his second letter to the church at Corinth, St.Paul ushers in a new approach to life and faith as he so eloquently speaks about love in a new way, embracing the things that exemplify what love is, and in the same letter warning his readers about activities that are diametrically opposed to love. Paul attaches love to other virtues, such as patience, kindness, truth. “It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.” Paul goes on to speak of the things that do not belong to love; it is not jealous, it is not arrogant, it does not brag; and it does not seek its own end.
Paul enlightens the readers as never before, making very clear the two distinct roads that people travel every day. First, the road of “me”. People will have to like me” for who I AM! Oh, really! Don’t bet on it. People who live out that existence (Kim Kardashian) (oops! Did I say that?) hunger with an insatiable appetite for notoriety whether positive or negative – it doesn’t matter. Then there are those who are concerned about the condition of humanity instead of being the cause of it. These are the ones who dress the wounds of the injured of our world, who travel the road of hope and love, not so concerned with who they are but instead who you are and what your needs are.
There are those in our world who cannot read because they have not been taught to read. And there are those who cannot read because they choose not to. How unfortunate for those who completely miss out on the inspiration of St. Paul, his beautiful treatment of love and the wonderful path of life it affords us all.
I St. Paul to the Corinthians: vs. 13:3