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Mar 23

Day 17 – 1 Peter 3:1-7 –

 1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

 7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

St. Peter starts with the words… in the same way… meaning is the same way as the verses we ended with yesterday… in the same way as “THE WAY” CHRIST JESUS!

How beautiful and with a totally truthful perspective we can read these words if we read first about Christ suffering…

these are hard words for our modern day culture….and with all that has happened with women’s so called “liberation”.

When Christ came he liberated women… he raised women and slaves and the poor…

If we read these words about submission and the fact that a woman has the power to win her husband’s soul for Christ if she exemplifies him…

Not with nagging… not with anger or frustrated words… but with love in action…

Silence – not a word would have to be spoken –

This is a high calling we have as women – to be like the savior Jesus!

Not in titles or positions of grandeur … but in action…

Then St. Peter calls men to live with wives “In the same way” as Christ and with understanding…

This might seem amazing to many men and women who read this and think…

Understanding?  We are so different how can I understand this Man or Woman????

But with the grace of Christ – understanding is possible!

And in the Sacrament of Marriage the grace of God is flowing if a wife and husband follow in this SAME WAY!

As St. Peter says… the husband’s prayers will be hindered!

This word “weaker”… this may seem to offend some women…

Weaker does not mean unequal or less than…

Women are receivers… we are to be softer, docile, usually more compassionate,

we are the heart of the family.

Men are the hunters, protectors and they are stronger –

This goes for temptations too I believe… which is why Eve was so easily tempted and taken by Satan when he convinced her to eat the apple in the original sin…

So St. Peter is so wise to exhort the husband to a greater understanding of his wife!

This is good news and beautifully put by St. Peter…

In what ways can we as wives or husbands follow in Christ’s way –

which we read about yesterday — that by His wounds we are healed and by His suffering we have an example in our relationships?

In what way can you offer suffering or any wounds from your spouse in marriage – to our Lord for healing?

God bless-

  • servant of GOD

        did not th Angel of the Lord say at the Annunciation… for with  GOD nothing will be impossible   -then drew back [trembling] awaiting her reply which came as a YES   WE CAN OFFER sufferings and our little wounds received at any MASS in HIS ONE HOLY CHURCH IN WHICH ONLY CAN SALVATION BE ATTAINED   OUR LADY of the seven 7 sorrows  MOTHER OF MERCY- our REDEEMERS MOTHER AND COREDEMPTRIX wehumbly beg you pray for us in front of HIS very FACE  and please cease not to pray until you see us -safe- where you are – praising HIM eternally at HIS FATHERS right hand in consubstantial unity with THE HOLY GHOST     O   MOST HOLY and TRIUNE GODHEAD we adore you profoundly;.