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It is very easy to ask this Loyola Press author to reflect on the 1 Corinthians verse on love as I recently got married!
St. Paul is definitely right. Of the three spiritual gifts from God, the greatest truly is love. Reading a passage from Luke before my wedding (5:10), I took great comfort in the verse: “Do not be afraid.” I naturally reflected on the second line of that passage and quipped to my fiancé, “You have successfully been a fisher of man ... I’m quite happily caught.”
After receiving a loving roll of the eyes, I thought deeply about how love and relationships transform our lives. How the sacrament of marriage is a beautiful expression and gift of both supremely public and deeply private love—between us and our loved ones and with us and God. Living out a life devoted to one another, raising faith-filled children, and loving in an even deeper way, together with God—what a gift! Brimming with faith and hope (and not being too afraid), we embark on a new fishing expedition together with Christ—transformed by love and treasuring our many gifts from God.