Sunday’s readings included Jeremiah, Paul and Luke. Jerimiah heard the Lord’s Word reminding Jerimiah that God chose him before he was born to be a prophet and he must trust that God will protect him. Paul encouraged the Corinthians to strive for the greater spiritual gifts and told them about a better way. In the Gospel, Luke recounts the poor reception Jesus received in his native place.
Msgr. Dan Mayall, Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, concentrated on Paul’s instruction to seek the greater gifts. Many of the brides and grooms pick this reading (1 Cor 12:31-13:13). It has examples of what love is and what love isn’t. Msgr. Mayall illustrated the importance of doing all with love by blocking out an imaginary “Carpet of Love” in the Sanctuary. He gave many examples of doing thing without love and how different it is when we do it with love.
Later, a group of the participants, going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, notices the differences in areas of their lives, when they were patient and kind in comparison to when they were impatient and unkind with others. The “Carpet of Love” is a simple image of love, and in the end the greatest gift is love.