October 3, 2021

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Husbands love your wives as Christ, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her. So, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself… even as Christ does the church because we are members of his body. This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:25, 28-30, 32.)

This is a great mystery; Paul tells us. The husband and wife are the domestic church, and the children share their life and holiness. Marriage and family exist for holiness in Christ and God. Saint Peter Julian Eymard promised to speak of this to Mathilde Jordan, and he did so on November 5, 1855: You will be entering into this holy state of matrimony. Enter into it with the thought that this is where God wants you, confident that you will find your salvation there in a holy manner. It is holiness that makes a particular state sublime.

A spouse has three duties to fulfill: her heavenly crown must have these three flowers. The first duty is toward God and holy Church. From the onset of your new position, you must determine your duties of Christian piety, fidelity to prayer and the Sacraments.

Your second duty, the first after God, is toward the spouse whom God has given you. If you wish this friendship to be a happy and lasting one, then respect and esteem, gentleness and attentiveness, as a matter of conscience, need to be its blessed flowers.

The third duty relates to your family life, your household and, if God gives you children, to bring them up yourself under your own eyes… May God shower you with his blessings! And may heaven ratify all those I desire for you in Jesus and Mary (Counsels for Spiritual Life, CO 536)

Let Us Pray:

If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.


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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.