Catholic Husband

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Laying Down Your Life for Her

Marriage was designed to be a reflection of Christ’s love for the Church. Being part of such a union is a big set of shoes to fill. What makes it even harder is that we’re called to lay down our life for our wife.

The concept of laying down my life for my wife in a theoretical or academic setting is easy. I’d like to think that, if it came down to it, I’d have the courage to make that call. My daily life, however, doesn’t reflect that predisposition.

When we are called to love our wives as Christ loved the Church, and to lay our life down for her, that doesn’t just mean the loss of our temporal life. That means our whole life. That means not playing Xbox in the evening if she needs to talk. That means doing chores instead of watching a movie. It means staying home to take care of your sick wife and missing out on those Super Bowl tickets.

I personally believe that if we don’t make the daily, small sacrifices, then if we are even put to the test, we might not pass. Those who are faithful in the small things are trusted with the bigger things.

Take a look at your own life and relationship with your wife. If you’re not laying down your life for her daily, you won’t when it really counts.