Last Sunday’s second reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians contains a section that some find too difficult to accept. So much so that there is a revised shorter form of the reading in some recent missals. The omitted lines are important — as they relate to the nature of married life and the Church.

“Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Let wives be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; because a husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the Church, being himself savior of the body. But just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be to their husbands in all things.”* Ephesians 5: 21-24

*Note: In all things, i.e., in all things that pertain to the right relationship of husband and wife. Note well that the subjection inculcated in these verses is not a brutal or slavish subjection as to a tyrant, but that of the loved one to her lover, who is according to right order head of the family, as Christ is head of the Church. Holy Bible, The Catholic Press, 1950