Wed - 17.09.14


Wednesday 17th September, 2014
St Robert Bellarmine. 
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own—Ps 32(33):2-5, 12, 22. Luke 7:31-35.

  
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Without love, I am nothing at all.

We celebrate the life of St Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit intellectual and theologian who lived in the early seventeenth century. Despite his intellect, Robert’s life was grounded in loving service. A cardinal, he stripped his residence of valuables to provide for the poor. St Paul reminds us that we must always place love at the centre of our Christian lives regardless of what our other gifts and talents may be. Without love, these other gifts are meaningless. As in the gospel, placing love first can mean going against the tide of popular expectation and result in persecution. Like Robert Bellarmine, it can mean living in a way radically contrary to one’s position.

 

 

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