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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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What can I say? I just read morning scripture and I feel so utterly privileged. Wow! I have access to the Word of God! The whole Word of God! Not just a page or a part, no, I have a full Bible here!


Nothing new of course. I had a Bible for a long time. I can buy it anywhere. Even very, very cheap. But today it feels awesome. Not everybody, at least not everywhere, has that privilege. Some people might just own a page. A page they read over and over again. Dirty, crumbled up, hidden away so they won't get into trouble, possibly being hurt, tortured, imprisoned, or even killed for possessing it. And that page, it says nothing new. Nothing fancy. The reader probably knows it by heart, every comma, because he read it so often. But it speaks new every day. It's alive. It's sharp too. It's not human words. It's God's Word.


This morning this somehow came over me. Wow.


Btw, I was reading Deuteronomy 34:1-12. The end of the Torah. It's today's daily reading of the Catholic Church. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081617.cfm


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