A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

A worthy wife?

Today’s first reading (Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31) may drive some people crazy: a veritable canticle extolling “a worthy wife.”

But the praiseworthy attributes of a worthy wife are praiseworthy attributes for a husband as well: diligent, altruistic, focused on the Lord, etc.

This reading thus gives a guide to both husbands and wives (as well as those not yet married) in what to appreciate in their spouse and how to act as a spouse themselves.

Even the celibate may find insights in today’s reading, for in a very real sense, their ministry in Christ is their spouse and thus diligent, altruistic and focused on the Lord.

It is foolish to close our minds to any Scripture or to think it does not apply to us, for God’s word always bears abundant fruit for those whose hearts are open to his gifts.