"This saying is hard! Who can accept it?" That's the first-century public reaction to what Jesus was teaching in the Bread of Life discourse, but many women may well say the same of some of the ideas in the Letter to the Ephesians.
Listening to today's second reading, we should remember that it was written in a historical context very different from our own and used in contemporary practices to illustrate a perennial truth about Christian life. The essential teaching of the letter is contained in the first line: "Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ." The more we manage to do that in family and community, the more we will build up the body of Christ for our world.