Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Each Of You Should Love His Wife As Himself, And The Wife Should Respect Her Husband.

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week
in Ordinary Time
Reading I
Ephesians 5:21-33

Brothers and sisters:
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.

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.
In any case, each one of you
should love his wife as himself,
and the wife should respect her husband.
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Psalm 128
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
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Luke 13:18-21
Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed
that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.”

Again he said,
“To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

Blessed Contardo Ferrini

Contardo Ferrini was the son of a teacher who went on to become a learned man himself, one acquainted with some dozen languages. Today he is known as the patron of universities.

Born in Milan, he received a doctorate in law in Italy and then earned a scholarship that enabled him to study Roman-Byzantine law in Berlin. As a renowned legal expert, he taught in various schools of higher education until he joined the faculty of the University of Pavia, where he was considered an outstanding authority on Roman law.

Contardo was learned about the faith he lived and loved. "Our life," he said, "must reach out toward the Infinite, and from that source we must draw whatever we can expect of merit and dignity." As a scholar he studied the ancient biblical languages and read the Scriptures in them. His speeches and papers show his understanding of the relationship of faith and science. He attended daily Mass and became a lay Franciscan, faithfully observing the Third Order rule of life. He also served through membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

His death in 1902 at the age of 43 occasioned letters from his fellow professors that praised him as a saint; the people of Suna where he lived insisted that he be declared a saint. Pope Pius XII beatified Contardo in 1947.


Thanks to people like Contardo, our Church long ago laid to rest the idea that science and faith are incompatible. We thank God for the many ways science has made our lives better. All that remains to us is to help ensure that the rest of the world, especially impoverished nations, gets to enjoy the fruits of scientific advance.

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1 comment:

Sarah in the tent said...

Paul uses conventional truths about the relationship between a husband and wife to reveal mysterious truths about Christ's relationship with His Church. It's a shame when people feel so affronted by the 'conventional truths' that they can't get beyond them to explore what Paul says about the new relationship between God and man.

The Gospel reading also has a man and a woman used to illustrate the Kingdom of Heaven. They may not be married, but there is something of the relationship between man and wife in the way the man airily 'plants his seed' while the woman spends a long time (9 months?) kneading her dough!

The Kingdom of Heaven is shown here as living, giving and growing but basically unregarded, either because it is too small and undistinguished (a seed, a blob of yeast) or because it has become large and is taken for granted (a useful tree, a staple food). Yet it is the seed and ultimately the tree on which the birds rest, and it is the yeast that lifts the dough and gives bread its special form and flavour.

The tree reminds me of the Cross, while warm dough feels like flesh, so perhaps Christ's own sacrifice can be seen here. The man and the woman also make me think of the roles of Joseph and Mary.