In the church of Corinth, made up of people from all over the world with all their differences and more Paul shows them a more excellent way. Instead of worrying who has the better gifts, he invites them to consider their why. Why are they faithful? Why are they generous? Paul invites them to consider love as their grounding. Not any love, but the holy love of God revealed through Jesus and the cross. With this as a foundation, differences can melt away.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.