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1 Corinthians 13 for COVID-19

If the Apostle Paul was alive today, I imagine he might phrase 1 Corinthians 13 a bit like this.

If I get more retweets and likes than anyone, but my words lack love, it would be better if I never posted.

If I can predict the pandemic curve, sell millions of masks, and even create the best vaccine, but profit from others’ pain instead of prevent it, my net worth is the inverse of my human worth.

If I have enough faith to heal hundreds of COVID-19 patients, but am unmoved by love for them, I am nothing.

Love is everything.

Love is patient, love is kind, even when it has to stand in line.

Love is not jealous of those with the all-clear; it perseveres and self-quarantines until there’s no virus to fear.

Love is not too proud to put on a mask; it would rather protect one vulnerable person than demand convenience for itself.

Love is not rude, its gentle answers calm down wrath; it soothes the souls of those whose nerves are just about shot.

Love doesn’t hold grudges, rather it’s quick to forgive; for those who love the most are the most aware of their own sin.

Love resists the temptation to forward fake news; it checks rumours, deletes insults, and only shares life-affirming truths.

When love is weary, it rests in Jesus’ strength; there it finds the faith, hope and love to carry on, finding love the most strong.

My child, love on.


Carole St. Laurent

Read the full article, Love is Everything. Originally published in Liguorian magazine, 2021.  ©Liguori Publications. Please visit to learn more and subscribe.



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