I spoke about this in an earlier post about lost friends and a prayer. At a funeral I heard "a real man has love in his heart". 23 years ago at our wedding, Sylvia and myself agreed on this reading. Truer - for me - today than ever:
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 12:31- 13:8
If I am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.
I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I
am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.
If I have the gift of
prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing
everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains,
but without love, then I am nothing at all.
If I give away all that I
possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it,
but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.