AN ADVENT MEDITATION

 

AN ADVENT MEDITATION

ON

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

BY ABYSSUM

Great Commandment. … The Lord our God, The Lord is One; Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”, before also referring to a second commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Eros and agape.

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.

How can we love someone who is totally transcendant, immaterial.

That was man’s problem until the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

That was Geoge Harrison’s problem after he deserted Jesus Christ and pursued Krishna.

“My Sweet Lord.”

Why did you choose Saint Paul as your Saint when you were confirmed?

Because of his ‘sword.’

Why did you choose to be ordained/consecrated on January 25, 1972, The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul?

Because of “Caritas Christi Urget Nos.”

You cannot love what you do not know!

God’s great gift to us:

someone we can love who is both human and divine.

The way to know Jesus Christ is not to get a Doctorate in Sacred Theology or Philosophy.

“It is better to get your head in heaven than to get heaven in your head!”

You cannot love the Summa and get to heaven; you must love Him who moved Saint Thomas to write the Summa.

Who can look into the face of a baby in the crib and not experience an upwelling of eros/emotion;

and who can look at the face of a baby in the crib, recognize the infant Jesus and not exerience an upwelling of agape.

Lord, help me to love you as one who is loved by you should love

 

About abyssum

I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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