January 30, 2021
St. Paul encourages us to seek the greatest gift of God: Agape
- The early Christian communities experienced many manifestations of the Holy Spirit, but as years passed, a lot of that died down except in the lives of the saints.
- Paul says to make love your aim, desire spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. He who prophesies, edifies the Church.
- The Catechism says this charity or agape, is a theological virtue which we love God above all things and to love our neighbor as ourselves for love of God. This is the greatest gift of all gifts.
- People fail to understand that nothing avails without charity. Agape is patient and kind and bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
- The greatest example we have of agape is Jesus crucified, especially at the cross. Agape never ends.
- Agape is a humble gift that will triumph forever over all evil, over all suffering, over all death. We must receive God’s love who is agape Himself.
- If we are living truly this agape, this Christian love, we have no idea how many graces that might be contributing to throughout the Church.
- Make agape your aim. Even if we fail, just the fact that we’re aiming for that, already permits the Holy Spirit to act.
St. Paul is saying that agape is the greatest of all the gifts. But we often don’t even think of it as a gift because in many ways, it seems so humble. And this is a gift which is not just given to one or another. This is a gift, which is given to each one of us, to each Christian.
St. Paul’s words, “make agape, make Christian love, make charity, your aim.” Because the Corinthians were aimed at all sorts of things, I want to have that special knowledge, I want to have that special power. And he says, no, “make agape your Aim.”