I'm away on vacation so I had no preaching assignment on this day when the second lesson we heard was either a longer or shorter form of Ephesians 5:21-32.
This text comes round every three years and it's been a long while since I've directed that the longer form be proclaimed. That's been my practice because the longer form gives rise to many questions given the contemporary context and I believe that unless the preacher intends to address those questions, it's wiser to use the shorter form.
Bishop Chris Coyne, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, is one preacher who chose the longer form, the more challenging path, and did a fine job with it. Regardless of what you heard this weekend, you'll find his homily an instructive read.
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