Fr. Joel’s homily for Aug 23

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord21 – Submit to Sacrificial Love (6:50)
Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday. Ephesians 5 is a notoriously unpopular reading. However, if we read it backwards it begins to make more sense. St. Paul calls husbands to love their wives with the same love of Christ — self-giving, sacrificial love. Wives must submit themselves to being loved. As they then submit themselves to each other, they create a community of mutual love and service. We too must submit ourselves to being sacrificially loved and served by Christ. (23 Aug 2009)

(This interpretation of St. Paul originates with Pope John Paul II as part of his Theology of the Body.)

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