Sacred Love Versus Profane Love (1602–03) by Giovanni Baglione
Scripture: 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. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Observation: I guess I find it difficult to believe that God would ask wives to be subordinate to husbands that are abusive to them, and that is why I left out the verse that mentions that part of the second reading from today. I believe that like Christ, I must be willing to sacrifice myself for my wife, just like He did for our church. In as far as my relationship is like Christ’s relationship to the church, my wife should be subordinate to me. In as far as I am a worthless sinner and prone to fall to my sinful nature, I hope she looks to her own relationship with Jesus to be her guide and not me.
Love (Latin: caritas): I don’t believe I have felt like it was the fruit of love that I should focus on for some time. However, we are taking a trip back to Oregon today from Idaho, so I hope I can receive the grace necessary to show my family God’s love throughout the trip and forever.
Prayer: Lord, help me to show love to everyone I meet today and for the rest of my life. In a special way toward my wife, let it be your love that I show and not my own selfish love. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.