On December 14, 2019, a day dedicated to Love, many will speak and say a lot about love, some may be accurate but most of them, to put it mildly, will be misleading. However, no-one has ever spoken or written about love enclosing in their words a universal truth which touches peoples’ soul, regardless of their religion, race, sex, place of origin, as St. Paul the Apostle, in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, where he addressed the early Christian fraternity of Ancient Corinth. The Epistle which is preserved in the New Testament is for a lot of people one of the most important texts of the Holy Scriptures.

“If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.