Okay, just so I don't sound like an "I hate men" kinda person, by contrast to Paul's hissy fit in Corinthians, I LOVE the Epistle reading that was read this morning at St. Anne's. The all-knowing, all-seeing, clairvoyant Fr. G. must have known I needed an antidote to Paul, so he had chosen to do the Mass for St. Anne, as there was "nothing on" otherwise, and it's more fun to do a votive Mass.
Proverbs 31:10-31 TOTALLY ROCKS. Whatever guy wrote this TOTALLY "GOT IT." Husband and wife as equal members of A TEAM. The virtuous woman essentially has GOD as her inspiration. Her husband revers her for her innate intrinsic qualities. She's smart. She knows a good buy in land that will produce, so she obtains the land. She looks after the household in such a way as to anticipate, their needs. She speaks with wisdom and clemency. In other word's she's HERSELF is reflecting the light of God. She not getting her innate qualities as crumbs that fall off hubby, but that flow from GOD to her. Naturally husband and wife also reflect God to each other--- but it's not like God says "Hey, that bimbo you're married to, she doesn't have the sense I gave Geese, do all her thinking for her, because without you, she isn't worth a box of rocks."
And the STRONG man doesn't fear the strong woman. God is calling the playbook for both of them.
Take the following words and punctuate them:
woman without her man is nothing
Paul would punctuate it:
"Woman, without her man, is nothing."
The guy who wrote that section of proverbs would have been more likely to punctuate it:
"Woman! Without her, man is nothing."
Now THERE'S a guy "If I knew he was comin' I'd have baked a cake ♫
" for. Paul can have the stale bag of left over chips, and he's welcome to all the flat beer he can drink. And when he shakes dust from his feet, he should be quick so the door doesn't hit him where God split him.