Sermon preached by Mario Ribas at De Goede Hoop Metropolitaanse Gemeenskapskerk
CAPE TOWN 14th of May, 2006
Today I want to reflect with you on Love. The text of Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13 is quite stimulating in what regards love as he presents us a completely different understanding of what love is all about. This letter he wrote actually was destined to the Corinthians, in Greece, and in the Greek language there are three different words to describe Love, which are: Eros, Phillia and Agape. 'In English the word love comes from the Germanic form of Sanskrit Lubh, which actually means desire, therefore making the word rather broadly defined, and hence imprecise, which generates first order problems of definition and meanings'. We use this word for our friendships, family, for things when we say - Id love to drive this car - I love this food - and also for our sexual encounters, we use the expression making love with somebody. The word love is therefore corrupted by all the nuances attached to it.
Perhaps then, the Greeks words for love would help us to have a clearer understanding of what love actually means.