Sirach, Chapter 26, Verse 23-25
23 A godless wife will be given to the lawless man as his portion, but a godly wife will be given to the man who fears the Lord. 24 A shameless woman wears out reproach, but a virtuous daughter will be modest even before her husband. 25 A headstrong wife is regarded as a bitch, but the one with a sense of shame fears the Lord.
Well I never thought I would hear the word “bitch” in the bible. I guess God calls it as He sees it.
Yet, as a man who has lived with four sisters (no brothers) and also has five daughters I still have to admit I have no clue into the psyche of the feminine sex. Therefore, I think the issue is more physiological then psychological. There may be a reason God has commanded men to stay away from women at certain times of the month. (Lv. 15:19-30) Solomon, the wisest of men advises, “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than in a mansion with a quarrelsome wife.” As men we are naturally drawn to women and we should use this time of separation from them to draw ourselves closer to our true spouse the Holy Spirit. When we are poor in spirit it is a good time to draw ourselves nearer to the Lord.
Men should be aware of the seasons of a woman’s life and plan ahead. Perhaps this is the beauty of the camping trip or the spiritual retreat. Be mindful of what is going on with the physiology of your wife. If you do you will most likely be psychologically & perhaps physiologically in a better place.
Smart men get themselves informed on women’s issues and act accordantly. There are many books out there on women’s issues. One interesting series is the “The Bible Cure” by Don Colbert, M.D.
Day 6, Let us look to the interests of others
- Isaiah 25:1-9, Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
- Psalm 82:3, Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
- Philippians 2:1-4, Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
- Luke 12:13-21, Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.
MeditationAccording to the readings chosen for today, God takes a preferential option for the poor: the right hand of God always acts for the powerless against the powerful. And Jesus consistently warns against the dangers of greed. As Christians united in our care for the poor we are called to action in defense of the poor and vulnerable.
Following the Lord’s command, Christians are summoned to live as brothers and sisters, united across economic divisions of “North” and “South.” As Christians we are called to join hands in promoting economic justice for all.
PrayerAlmighty God, give courage and strength to your Church to continually proclaim justice and righteousness in situations of domination and oppression. As we celebrate our unity in Christ, may your Holy Spirit help us to look to the needs of others. Amen.
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