chapter  4
Married Women
Pages 61

The idea of companionship and love in marriage is mentioned by St Paul, as is the view that the husband is lord and master of his wife: ‘So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself’(Ephesians 5:28). ‘Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body’ (Ephesians 5:22-3). A parallel is drawn here between the link between husband and wife and that between Christ and the Church, and is made even more explicit in the following verse: ‘Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it’ (Ephesians 5:25). On the basis of several verses in the New Testament (Matthew 5:31-2; Luke 16:18), matrimony was recognized as an indissoluble tie, like that between Christ and his flock.