I’ve raised him right
August 27, 2012 Leave a comment
So, yesterday in Church was the (in)famous reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (5:21-32):
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.
The first sentence brought me out of daydreaming on how to improve David’s U13 soccer team and I looked over at him and watched him listen in shocked disbelief. When the reading was over, he looked at me and said, “wow, that’s outdated.” Such fatherly pride.
After mass he asked me why they don’t change it. Great question! Now, the Catholic Church isn’t about to re-write Ephesians, but given that the readings are but a small portion of the New Testament, this one seems ripe for jettisoning. Seems like they should. Then again, I have no idea how often, if ever, they revisit this issue.
I should also mention, that during his sermon, the priest, like most decent priests, basically wrote this off as a product of the historical context in which it was written. ”We’re not fundamentalists” he said. He also happened to be visiting from Grenada where he devotes his life to helping out the desperately poor, rather than worrying about what homosexuals are up to. It’s priests like him that are the reason I’m still Catholic.