The first. It is without doubt that we must do much more in favor of woman if we want to give more strength back to the reciprocity between men and women. It is necessary, in fact, that women not only be listened to more, but that her voice has real weight, a recognized authoritativeness, in the society and in the Church. The very way in which Jesus regarded women in a context less favorable than our own — because in those times women were really in second place — Jesus regarded [women] in a way that sheds powerful light, which enlightens a far-reaching path on which we have only travelled a small piece. We have not yet understood in depth what the feminine genius can give us, the things women can give to society and also to us: women know how to see things with other eyes which complement the thoughts of men. It is a path to follow with more creativity and boldness.
A second reflection concerns the topic of man and woman created in the image of God. I wonder if the collective crisis of trust in God, which does us so much harm and makes us sick with resignation to unbelief and cynicism, is not also connected to the crisis of the covenant between man and woman. In effect, the biblical account, through the great symbolic fresco on the earthly paradise and original sin, tells us that communion with God is reflected in the communion of the human couple, and the loss of trust in the heavenly Father generates division and conflict between man and woman.
Hence the great responsibility of the Church, of all believers, and first of all, of believing families, to rediscover the beauty of the creative design that inscribes the image of God also in the covenant between man and woman. The earth is filled with harmony and trust when the covenant between man and woman is lived well. And if man and woman seek it together between themselves and with God, without a doubt they will find it. Jesus encourages us explicitly to bear witness to this beauty which is the image of God.
Diane Montagnais Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.