I'm still on high because of the homily last Sunday. I feel so different and so good. That Sunday really made me felt that, "Hey, it's February and it's the LOVE month". It made me welcome this month with a big smile and a big heart. I want to share beautiful passages that touched my heart. Warning: you will see a lotttttttttttttt of loooovveee in this entry. ^-^
LOVE IS MYSTERIOUS
The word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. A prophet to the nations I appointed you."
- I learned that you can love anybody. You can a love a stranger that you can meet anywhere at anytime. And if ever you will feel so empty and unloved, there is someone up there who really loved you even before you were born.
LOVE IS IMPERATIVE
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
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, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 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. 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
- Everything will be useless without LOVE. I learned that even we do good acts to others but if we don't have an open and giving heart, everything will be worthless. They will not matter to HIM if we don't do it with LOVE.
LOVE IS ACCEPTANCE
Luke 4;21, 24-27
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
“Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[a] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
- In this passage, I learned that when you love someone, you learn how to be selfless. You can sacrifice anything for someone you cherish the most. I learned that the solution for anger is LOVE. There will be no doubt and fear when you LOVE. ACCEPTANCE comes along with this four letter word; when we love someone, we accept who that person is...no matter what and who he/she is.
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.”