1 Corinthians 14:1a
“Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts...”
I have been thinking a lot lately about the fact that we have the option to choose love or to choose fear during this crisis. St. Paul invites us to choose love...to “pursue love.” We love others, because God first loved us, and God loves us whether we are filled with love or fear. A certain amount of fear is healthy and can keep us safe, but at this time we have the option to lean into love more than we lean into fear.
What might it look like to choose love right now?
It could look like using loving and comforting words when we speak. It could look like calling and checking in on others by phone. (Many thanks to everyone doing this through the St. James phone tree!) It could look like sending cards to people who would appreciate hearing from you. It could look like smiling at others at the grocery store and thanking the grocers for working during this time. It could like praying for others and for our world. It could look like staying quarantined when you should and practicing social distancing. It could like volunteering to feed the hungry or donating to those in need. It could look like meditating and focusing one’s attention on the way of love and peace. It could look like noticing and thanking God for the blessings of each day.
There are so many ways we can choose to lean into and pursue love and strive for God’s spiritual gifts at this time. No virus can destroy love. Thanks be to God.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime we pray.