August 26, 2012, Second Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians   5: 21-32

5:21 Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
5:22 Wives should be submissive to their husbands, as to the Lord.
5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body.
5:24 Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be subject to their husbands in all things.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and handed himself over for her,
5:26 so that he might sanctify her, washing her clean by water and the Word of life,
5:27 so that he might offer her to himself as a glorious Church, not having any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that she would be holy and immaculate.
5:28 So, too, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
5:29 For no man has ever hated his own flesh, but instead he nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ also does to the Church.
5:30 For we are a part of his body, of his flesh and of his bones.
5:31 “For this reason, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife; and the two shall be as one flesh.”
5:32 This is a great Sacrament. And I am speaking in Christ and in the Church.


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