Today is the last day of Life Journaling from the reading plan I have been using until after Easter. Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday I will be doing readings from the traditional Holy Week Lectionary.
8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 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. 12 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. (1 Corinthians 13:8-12 NIV)
Hard to observe well with this one – like other well-known and well-read passages!
Love is the one thing from the Spirit that will not fail: prophecies, tongues, and knowledge.
Love also is complete… “completeness” is also translated “perfect,” “total.” Love is the thing that is complete.
(Reminiscent of Matthew 5:43-48 speaking of perfect love, love that mirrors the Father’s).
Last night I watched Interstellar (a great movie by the way – lots of spiritual themes to unpack). One of the great lines comes from Dr. Brand, played by Anne Hathaway – “Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.” I am sure that is why this morning 1 Corinthians 13 caught my mind and heart.
Love is the all-in-all of creation, of existence. Period. The quote from the movie grabbed me because everything in the world of physics requires math and observation… love does not. It alone cannot be measured by an instrument but it alone can be measured and seen by every human who has lived.
As Holy Week begins tomorrow, I am reminded that the cross is the most easily seen and most overwhelming way to observe perfect love. What would change in me, in my world, if love became what I measured and observed and tracked?
Father of Love, your perfect love is the one complete thing in all human history and experience. Perfect love is the completeness that displaces all else, the totality that fills every space of human life. As the week of your Son’s suffering and death begins, may love fill my heart and mind and be the thing that I long to see. Amen.