• February 25, 2014

Without love, I gain nothing (1Cor 13)

By Mackenzie Karn, Volunteer in Spokane

“Since com­mit­ting to Hearts Home at Gonzaga, I have had many sur­prising min­istries, but few have been as tra­di­tional now as cel­e­brating hol­i­days with stu­dents. So often col­lege stu­dents can feel par­tic­u­larly lonely around hol­i­days, so as Valentine’s Day approached this year, our com­mu­nity gath­ered once again to plan an event for our friends to show them how much we love them. A Saturday night dessert social was planned.

In the United States, Valentine’s Day is seen as an over-the-top romantic hol­iday to be shared with your sig­nif­i­cant other, but at Heart’s Home St Ignatius, we cel­e­brate it as a hol­iday about love in all its beau­tiful forms. Our friends that night were shining exam­ples of all those kinds of love. We had new friends, old friends, family mem­bers, and even a fiancee at our house, and all were happy to share a moment with another. Everyone talked with each other, and as the night went on, we saw many beau­tiful encoun­ters. Our evening of cel­e­brating love and friend­ship ended with a cham­pagne toast from Jed, Amy’s fiancee, reading the well known and very appro­priate words from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, all about love;

’If I speak in the tongues of mor­tals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and under­stand all mys­teries and all knowl­edge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove moun­tains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my pos­ses­sions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arro­gant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irri­table or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong­doing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.’

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