Today the second reading is one of the most famous passages in the Bible. It includes this:
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 RSV)
At least the sermon was related to the readings. Father began by saying how last week he had found some old birthday cards, and how they made him feel loved. He continued by saying everyone wants to be loved. He commented that this passage was often used in wedding ceremonies.
He quoted Pope Francis as saying, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." (Actually that quote originates with Oscar Wilde.)
It was short, and that's about all the Bear has to report.
The Bear's parish has begun reading announcements and having the occasional speaker immediately before Mass. Today it was a lady from the Catholic school who went on for about ten minutes. The idea that someone might want to try to get in the proper frame of mind and remain there seems not to have occurred to anyone.