1 Corinthians 13. It’s probably St. Paul’s most famous letter – the one we often hear at weddings. Listening to it in church a few weeks ago, I realized that St. Paul could have written it (with a few tweaks) specifically for teachers and homeschoolers. In imitation of St. Paul then, here’s St. Paul’s Letter to the Homeschoolers:
The Gift of Love
If I lecture and advise with eloquence and authority, but have not love, I am a clanging cymbal falling on deaf ears. And if I plan the perfect curriculum, teaching all manner of knowledge and skills, and instill great discipline so as to reach the heights of excellence, but have not love, I teach nothing. If I spend all my energy, and if I work tirelessly and heroically for the education of my children, but have not love, I accomplish nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love is not annoyed or frustrated; it is not preoccupied or unsympathetic. Love does not insist on “my” time; it is not intolerant of interruptions; it does not criticize, but corrects with gentleness and charity. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for accomplishments, they will pass away; as for talents and skills, they will cease; as for knowledge, it fade. Rather, teach your children to love. For our knowledge is imperfect and our learning is imperfect, but love perfects all virtue.
When you were a child, you spoke like a child, you thought like a child, you reasoned like a child. Now you are a teacher; remember you were once a child, and raise your children with understanding and encouragement. For only with love will you teach how to love. May faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
-Based on 1 Corinthians 13