Joe Heschmeyer runs the blog Shameless Popery, has been on Catholic Answers Live, writes for Word on Fire, ChurchPOP, Strange Notions, and many more! Tonight he talks with us all the way from Rome about the often misunderstood Ephesians Chapter 5.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. ”
Just as Christ loved the Church. How did Christ love the Church? We discuss this in our episode.
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.w
For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”x This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.y In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband. – Ephesians 5: 24-33
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