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In other words, that union is the deeper, primary reality, and marriage is an image of it.
That’s why he presents Jesus as a model of how husbands should treat their wives.
For example, the prophet Isaiah tells us: “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the Lord has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.” (Isaiah 54:5-6) Similarly, when we get to the New Testament, we see the same kind of imagery. Paul tells husbands to “love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians ), and then he explicitly tells us that Jesus and the Church have a marital relationship (Ephesians -32). Paul in this passage goes beyond anything the Old Testament says about God’s love for his people.
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It’s very common in our culture today for people to think that much of what we Catholics believe is behind the times and out of touch with the modern world.
Most often, these sorts of accusations are leveled against the Church’s moral teachings (particularly in the area of sexuality), but that is not always the case.
However, I want something deeper; I want to give the inner logic of the teaching.
As a result, since the Church has no authority to go against the wishes of Jesus Christ, she also has no authority to ordain women.