October 30, 2012
Ephesians 5: 21-33
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.
In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body.“ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.
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A Captive Heart
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
[Ephesians 5: 21]
Everybody wants to be in charge. No one wants to be under the thumb. Subordination sounds one step away from servitude – a heart beat up from slavery. Yet love serves the beloved with boundless joy, at any cost. If love makes our hearts captive, then we say, “Bring on the chains.” Paul tried to say something, smothered in gender roles and strangled by history’s prejudices. If we listen carefully, we can hear the true thing beneath all the lies told about it.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, we know how much we love another by the degree to which we are willing to sacrifice for that person. If there are loved ones who need our sacrifice this day, direct our words and actions to support them. Help us to be generous with our time; help us to slow down and listen with our eyes and heart; help us to be present when grief has no relief. And if we are in need of another’s sacrifice, help us to receive this gift with gratitude and be freed from any sense of guilt. In thanksgiving we pray for those who have sacrificed for us and remained faithful as we worked through a difficult time.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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