Wives, Be Subordinate to Your Husbands? Read On.

This week we discuss the gift of chaste love ― What it is, what it isn’t and how we are called, as men and women, to live this virtue in our daily lives.

By: Erin Healy


With wedding season in full swing, you may find yourself listening to Ephesians 5 with a little more frequency. While there are several options for readings at Catholic wedding, many choose to give this New Testament Reading, which draws a parallel between the relationship of husband and wife to Christ and His Church,  a place of prominence at their wedding Mass.

Then there are others who, upon hearing the words:

“Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord,”

start to wince uncomfortably, nudge their significant other and purse their lips as if they were just force fed a lemon. However, when you get caught up in this phrase alone, it’s easy to miss the lengthy part which follows and exhorts men to:

“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.”

Still hung up? Here’s a video by Brent Rice that helps unpack the beautiful words of this reading:

Chaste love is hard. Crucifixion-type love is harder. But with God, all things are possible.

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