October 30, 2012, Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians    5: 2, 25-32

5:1 Therefore, as most beloved sons, be imitators of God.
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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