Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 93

Love is at the service of others

93.  The next word that Paul uses is chrestéuetai.  The word is used only here in the entire Bible.  It is derived from cherstós: a good person, one who shows his goodness by his deeds.  Here, in strict parallelism with the preceding verb, it serves as a complement.  Paul wants to make it clear that "patience" is not a completely passive attitude, but one accompanied by activity, by a dynamic and creative interaction with others.  The word indicates that love benefits and helps others.  For this reason it is translated as "kind"; love is ever ready to be of assistance.