Sermon for Easter 5 (10 May 2009)
1 John 4.7-21
…faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
This comes from 1 Corinthians 13, one of the best-known chapters of the New Testament. It’s been called ‘the love chapter’ and is often heard at weddings—and since Princess Di’s funeral, sometimes there too. Do you remember it? You know it—it’s the one that goes
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
Remember it now? Let’s hear that verse again, 1 Corinthians 13.13:
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Faith, hope and love. The Ethiopian Eunuch in today’s first reading knew something about faith, hope and love. Let’s try to see how.