Readings for 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Luke 4:31-44; 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13; Jeremiah 1:4-10,17-19
“Love is …” How would you finish that sentence? What does it look like, sound like, feel like to love someone the way that God does?
Our epistle lesson for Sunday deals most directly with this vital question. As Paul rolls out the adjectives describing what love is and isn’t, the word that jumps to mind is persistent. Love doesn’t give up, even when it’s hard going (1 Cor 12).
Love is Jesus, rescuing a poor soul taken over by an unclean spirit in the middle of church. It’s Jesus, at the end of a long, tiring day, touching and healing every single person that came to him even while his own body cried out for rest. (Luke 4). And love is God not giving up on stubborn people. He kept speaking the truth to Judah, kept reaching out to her through His prophet when most people would say, “You’re wasting your breath!” (Jer 1). God’s love is persistent. It doesn’t give up, on us or anyone.