Sunday, December 31, 2006

Office of Readings for the Feast of the Holy Family

I just read the office of readings for the Feast of the Holy Family, which included this bit from Ephesians 5.

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. "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." This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

Have you ever wondered about how the "man" who leaves his father and clings to his wife is Christ?

2 comments:

Brian said...

Who would be Christ's "wife" in that analogy? :) Would it be us?

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Brian

Br. Chris Gaffrey, ofm said...

Yep, the bride of Christ is the Church... and we are the Church. I forget who it was that said that certain references to motherhood and brideship in the Bible can be understood to refer to the Virgin Mary, to the Church, and to each individual Christian.