Love is unreasonable

December 14, 2013

The non-Scriptural reading in the Office of Readings for Thursday of the Second Week of Advent is an excerpt from a sermon by St Peter Chrysologus (+450).  He briefly explains the manner in which God formed a relationship of love with Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Moses.  Then, reminiscent of St Paul’s teaching on love in 1 Corinthians 13, St Peter reveals some aspects of love which are worth our reflection:

…the law of love is not concerned with what will be, what ought to be, what can be.  Love does not reflect; it is unreasonable and knows no moderation.  Love refuses to be consoled when its goal proves impossible, despises all hindrances to the attainment of it’s object.  Love destroys the lover if he cannot obtain what he loves; love follows its own promptings, and does not think of right and wrong.  Love inflames desire which impels it toward things that are forbidden.