Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Posted by prepareformass on January 31, 2013
Sunday February 3rd 2013 is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus Proclaims the Truth.
“No prophet is accepted in his own native place”
But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them all that I command you.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
Pope Benedict XVI
In this Sunday’s Liturgy we read one of the most beautiful passages of the New
Testament and of the whole Bible: the Apostle Paul’s “hymn to love” (1 Cor 12:
31-13: 13). In his First Letter to the Corinthians, after explaining through the
image of the body that the different gifts of the Holy Spirit contribute to the
good of the one Church, Paul shows the “way” of perfection. It does not, he
says, consist in possessing exceptional qualities: in speaking new languages,
understanding all the mysteries, having a prodigious faith or doing heroic
deeds. Rather, it consists in love agape that is, in authentic love which
God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Love is the “greatest gift” which gives
value to all the others and yet it “is not jealous or boastful; it is not
arrogant”; on the contrary it “rejoices in the right” and in the good of others.
Whoever truly loves “does not insist on [his or her] own way”, “is “not
irritable or resentful” but “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things” (cf. 1 Cor 13: 4-7). In the end, when we find
ourselves face to face with God, all the other gifts will no longer matter; the
only one that will last forever is love, because God is love and we will be like
him, in perfect communion with him. more
Mass Preparation for this Sunday