Faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
To love is more important then performing miracles, more important than doing great things for others and to die for another, all of which can be done without love but just for a reason. Love will never end and is the only thing that we can take with us on passing to a better life. Only on love in our life shall we be judged.
Our life of faith is only a preparation and prelude to what we shall be in Heaven. Heaven is to see God face to face. Then everything we have now will vanish and only love will remain. In the measure that we are able to love God and our neighbor in the present life, in that measure shall we share, after resurrection, the Glory of God, face to face.
There is no authentic love without faith and hope. Faith, hope and love are ” Virtues, ” that is the three movements of the Christian soul. The greatest of the three is love. Authentic love is able to transfigure our life making us the transparent of Christ. Love will be everything when it reaches its perfection, that is, when we see God : I will know him as he knows me. As long as we do not see God, love is immature; this is the time when love must grow through the faith and knowledge of God’s word; also through hope and perseverance as we follow Jesus in the midst of trials. By his love, we shall be able to abound the virtues of faith, hope and love and their values to grow into his likeness.
Only God’s love could could reach so low and lift so high.