Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.
In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.” It can be hard to sum up the mission of an entire university in a single action, but when pressed, I offer this. If you can look at another student and see the face of Christ in him or her, then Jesuit education is surely doing its job. Sometimes we do not get our way. Sometimes we must yield to the needs of others. When we do so, we do it not just out of love, but out of reverence for Christ, as today’s first reading invites us.
Can subordination possibly be an invitation for you, today, to seek Christ in a relationship? Might a softer approach be just enough to allow Christ’s presence to be more surely felt? Can you look at a spouse, partner, brother, sister, classmate, colleague, employee, or friend as you might Christ?
“I will be with you!” That is my promise.
“I will be with you forevermore.”
Trust in my love. Bring me all your cares,
For I will be with you forevermore.
—James E. Moore, Jr. “I Will Be With You,” © GIA Publications, Inc., 1996