Ozzias T. Villaver Jr., Ed. D. | YoManila
Love challenges everything and everybody. Love is the most beautiful and colorful word in the world, isn’t it? Young people like to define love in different ways based from their youthful experiences. “Young men make great mistakes in life; for one thing, they idealize love too much,” wrote Benjamin Jowett (Letters). Old people have expressed love in varied levels according to the world and time they live in.
St Paul, known as the Apostle of the Gentiles and the great philosopher/theologian of the Church, described to us the graceful meaning of love. LOVE is patient, love is kind. It is jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interest, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth, it bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially, and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially. Then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians,14). Reflecting this definition of love entails self-denial and self-emptiness of one’s personal interest and aggrandizement. A perfect love.
When love strikes a person and it grows in the inner-self, the person will give all his/her time and care to the loved one. John Sheffield wrote, “love is the salt of life” (Ode on Love, Canto V). The distant place, the hunger and thirst, the hardship of the travel, the social-economic status of the loved one, the physical appearance, religious affiliation and kind of profession are but secondary to the sincere affection of the person. The person will give up his life in any manner to prove that his love is genuine and honorable. After all, love is everything at all