The following is from the December Newsletter from Archangel Michael in Broadview Hts.
Thank you Fr. John
1st CORINTHIANS – CHAPTER 13, Rewritten for the Christmas Season
- If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
- If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
- If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
- If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
- Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
- Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
- Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.
- Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
- Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.