Envy, jealousy: two difficult cousins who manage to worm their way into a lot of human interaction. People become convinced that others enjoy fruits that they themselves lack. Are we cheered when others do well? That would be the impulse of God in gazing at us. Let’s read:
95. Saint Paul goes on to reject as contrary to love an attitude expressed by the verb zelói – to be jealous or envious. This means that love has no room for discomfiture at another person’s good fortune (cf. Acts 7:9; 17:5). Envy is a form of sadness provoked by another’s prosperity; it shows that we are not concerned for the happiness of others but only with our own well-being. Whereas love makes us rise above ourselves, envy closes us in on ourselves. True love values the other person’s achievements. It does not see him or her as a threat. It frees us from the sour taste of envy. It recognizes that everyone has different gifts and a unique path in life. So it strives to discover its own road to happiness, while allowing others to find theirs.
“Love is not jealous” covers this section as well as 96, which we’ll get to read tomorrow here. Meanwhile, any comments?
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