“Say to [your wife], ‘Our time here is brief and fleeting, but if we are pleasing to God, we can exchange this life for the Kingdom to come. Then we will be perfectly one, both with Christ and each other, and our pleasure will know no bounds. I value your love above all things, and nothing would be so bitter or painful to me as our being at odds with each other. Even if I lose everything, any affliction is tolerable if you will be true to me.’”
- from Homily XX on Ephesians
Once again, St. John captures the spiritual core of the marriage relationship, way better than you might ever expect from a celibate bishop who lived 16 centuries ago.
And he even manages to address a ‘concern’ of mine, that I blogged about, once upon a time. . .
And besides all that, the concept of ‘even if I lose everything’ is much more, uh, current than I might wish it were. . .