Song of Solomon 2:8-14
8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.9 My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.10 My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
11 for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is comely.
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah,40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
THE SONG OF SONGS is an allegorical rendition of the joyous journey of two lovers who longed for one another. Their pursuance of each other, has at its end the consummation and union of their love and the raising up a righteous people.
Catec 808 The Church is the Bride of Christ: he loved her and handed himself over for her. He has purified her by his blood and made her the fruitful mother of all God’s children.
THE GOSPEL READING: Mary’s Journey of faith proceed from the love of Joachim and Anna her parents, who very late in their lives was gifted with a daughter. Tradition informs us that so frustrated was Joachim with God for not gifting him with a child, that he spend days and nights away from Anna caring for his sheep, untill he was called to return home, because Anna was with child!
“…After these things, her nine months being fulfilled, Anna brought forth a daughter, and called her Mary. And having weaned her in her third year, Joachim, and Anna his wife, went together to the temple of the Lord to offer sacrifices to God, and placed the infant, Mary by name, in the community of virgins, in which the virgins remained day and night praising God. And when she was put down before the doors of the temple, she went up the fifteen steps so swiftly, that she did not look back at all; nor did she, as children are wont to do, seek for her parents. Whereupon her parents, each of them anxiously seeking for the child, were both alike astonished, until they found her in the temple, and the priests of the temple themselves wondered.” pseudo gospel St JEROME 420AD
Elizabeth instantly recognized that Mary is the new Ark of the covenant (vv 42,43), the first one to believe that God’s spoken Word became flesh to reside in her. God’s supernatural gift of grace; His body blood soul and divine nature is also available to us who believe that He is truly present in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 33:2-3,11-12,20-21
2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song, play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield.21 Yea, our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER
Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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