This was originally prepared as a reflection for a youth ministry session at St. Anthony of Padua parish.
The word “love” in English is used to mean so many different things these days. For example, when I say “I love pizza”, does the “love” in that statement equate to a husband saying “I love you” to his wife?
In other languages we find different “types” of love have different words. For example, in Greek, four main types of love are:
- storge – familial love, love between parent and child
- philia – friendship or bonds between people with common values or interests;
- eros – romantic or intimate love;
- agape – the kind of love that Christ taught and showed and this is the type of love we will be focusing on today.