I'll get back to this later. maybe today, maybe tomorrow. However, please feel free to take up the challenge yourselves - either on your own blogs or in the comments of my or Kate's blog. (I'd say post it on HMS, where the whole meme started, except that they don't have comments boxes!
Here are the questions:
Read the passage from Ephesians 5:21-33:
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—
30 for we are members of his body.
31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband
Answer these questions:
1. Why do you think this passage is such a incendiary one for women and men?
1 1/2. Was it ever that way for you? If so, how was your heart changed?
2. What is God trying to tell us through St. Paul in this scripture reading?
3. How does a misunderstanding or lack of understanding of God's plan for marriage revealed through this scripture damage marriages?
4. How can men and women come to understand it better?