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Month of Love

Blessings to you my fellow messengers of the Gospel! As a society, we tend to focus on different things during different times of the year. In December, we tend to focus on Charity and giving. In July, patriotism comes to the surface, and even to the skies. February is another one of those months that our national identity seems to bend to the holiday found in the month, namely Valentine's day.

Love is all around, it seems that in February it is hard to avoid the topic. For those that find themselves
“in love” in the way that is traditionally discussed in February, will find comfort and happiness in this climate. But, what about those who feel alone this month? What about those who find themselves without their spouse for the first time this year? What about those who have yet to find someone who loves them, in this specific way? What about those who don't feel called to this type of love at all? What is the message for them? Its a problem isn't it.

I would argue that without our faith convictions this is where we find ourselves...at a loss. But we are bound together, not just by the holidays that we celebrate or the calendars we look at, but by our Faith in Christ. I think the “problem” is not with love, and not with the holiday, but what we allow to define love for us.

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or
boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears
all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never ends...
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

In first Corinthians, Paul begins to define for us, what I think we should be focusing on this month, namely what Love is. Paul isn't describing some far off foreign theology, or difficult to understand theory. He is describing what Love can, and should look like. This month, let us all remember, regardless of our situation, that we are called to love each other in a full sense of that word, and that we can, because God first loved and loves us.