Isn’t it remarkable how easy it is to think it’s our job to teach, judge, or lead other people? We see this everywhere – at work, in our parish, even at home. The problem is that in our zeal, it is easy to forget about the most important quality: love.
In today’s second reading, St. Paul recalls how dedicated he and his companions were in nurturing the believers in Thessalonica. He and Silvanus and Timothy made it their goal to share the gospel with them. They talked about the power of the Holy Spirit to change their lives. They talked about the lure of sin and about our need to stay alert and on guard.
As he focuses on pointes of doctrine like these, Paul was careful to speak about them in terms of love: God’s love for the Thessalonians and their call to love each other in return. For Paul, this as the most important thing. Love as the glue that held everything together.
In what many people have called the greatest chapter in Scripture, Paul told the Corinthian believers about the centrality of love (1 Corinthians 13). Having powerful spiritual gifts or great faith or deep knowledge are as nothing without love, he wrote.
So whatever you do today, make sure it is built on a foundation of love. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it just has to be sincere. God can take it from there.