August 26, 2018 – Reflections by Deacon Al


Deacon Al

Paul’s words, and the Gospel today give great meaning to a peaceful and faith filled life.

Paul speaks of husbands and wives having and living with respect for one another, using a married couple as the example for all. His words may be taken to be offensive in this day and age with thoughts that men are superior to woman “Wives be subordinate to your husbands, for the husband is the head of his wife, just as Christ is head of the church”.

As such, Paul goes on to husbands: “Love your wives as Christ loved the church handing himself over to sanctify her, cleansing her that she might be holy and without blemish. Love your wives as you do your own bodies, for he who loves his wife loves himself for no one hates his own flesh.”

The first line of this Scripture captures the whole meaning of Paul speaking to the Ephesians: “Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ”

Paul wasn’t asking wives to be slaves or think of themselves lower than their spouse, and he wasn’t telling men to love their wives, only after thinking of themselves first. What Paul was trying to emulate to the Ephesians was –”Grow together in Peace”.

A man leaves his father and mother and joins his wife and the two of them become one, growing together in Peace.

The same applies to the Gospel. Jesus knew his words would not be accepted in a good way from his followers on the partaking of his body and blood. Many had a hard time dealing with this, and ended up turning away, returning to their former ways of life.

When the twelve were questioned, “Do you also want to leave?”, Peter, his betrayer replies: “To whom shall we go? You are the Holy one of God”.

The lessons this week are formed into three ways of living and growing in peace:
Time: The time it takes to learn about one another and to accept/apply new ways of living. Becoming accustomed to being a husband or wife. A family or a community of believers. With time, all things come together through God.

Patience: Patience to accept that life and others are different. Things are different in all aspects of life. Knowing and having patience and trust, all things come together in time.

And Trust: Trust in the Lord, is all about time and patience. Knowing and understanding our time and demands may not be the same as Gods, but trusting he hears our prayers, knows our hearts, and will provide only His best for us, is the patience we must come to know and believe.

Blessings, D/A

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