2013-10-27 message

Post date: Oct 29, 2013 7:37:25 PM

For the last three months or so, we have been covering the topic of love as St. Paul presents it in 1 Corinthians 13. As love is rooted in God, this could only be a glimpse into how we, as Orthodox Christians, understand love. I hope that I was able to show how rich and beautiful our love is, how it connects to other virtues, like patience and long-suffering, and how important it is for us to strive to love with a godly love. Today we have come to the last statement: “love never fails.”

In one sense, this is obvious: if God is love (1 Jn), and He is the Creator and the almighty One, then love cannot fail. But that statement applies also to those human beings through whom God’s love shines. We see it in the death of St. Stephen who, as he was dying, echoed Christ’s words from the cross: forgive them, for they know not what they do. His earthly life was ending, but his love was not.

The love of St. Monica did not fail when her son, Augustine, was living an immoral life. Throughout his life, St. Augustine credited her love and her prayers for his return to the church and for his change of life. Love did not fail in the lives of the countless saints, known and unknown, who have served their neighbors, who have prayed for, helped, and guided others to salvation. The love of all these saints continues alive, as they are alive in and with Christ. We are occasionally blessed to see the fruits of this love in the miracles worked by the saints, but these are just reminders that the godly love of the saints never fails.

May our Lord grant to each of us also a love that never fails.

With love in Christ,

+Fr. Peter