From a Creighton Student's Perspective
August 26, 2012
Sophomore, Biology Major, Spanish Minor
Paul is certainly not promoting that men are all-powerful and women should bow down to them, but he is writing about the role women played in the New Testament world. Last semester, I took a course about the life of Jesus and learned how society centered around honor and shame—men held the honor in the family while women held the shame (shame meaning to have concern for one’s honor); in this sense, Paul’s letter is better understood in this context because we can learn that women are caring for men.
More spiritually, what Paul is advocating is service among one another. Paul is advocating that men and women serve each other through marriage in order to imitate Jesus’ love for others and the church to serve God. In the household, one must love his/her partner in addition to loving God, Christ, and all others through his/her Christian love for all. Both are to love each other with respect and obedience to God and the church. Together, the love of each partner makes a complete and holistic unit when combined; they are able to balance and complement each other. Paul makes an analogy between the love between marriage partners and the love between Jesus and the church in order to better exemplify service and support. While this text seemed primarily about marriage, it also refers to Christian love and serving one another. It mentioned in the first reading that we do all things to serve God. May we all love and support our friends and family just as Jesus did with the Church.
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