May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102516.cfm

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.

Total love. That is what God requires of us, not domination of one over the other. When we love unselfishly, we love as the Lord loves His Church. Where there is total love, there is equality and freedom. When two become one, they know the true meaning of love. Do you know the true meaning of love? Can you love someone more than your life,  just as Jesus loves the Church so much He gave His?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the closer I get to you, the more I love you. The more I love you, the more I want to give myself to you. Take my life Lord and make it yours. In Jesus’ holy name I offer all I have for you, Amen.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

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