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 FIRST READING is a poetic expression of God’s infinite Divine love for His people, describing the absolute joy of the over zealous Son who is enroute to meet His bride. This young love-sick stag can no longer wait to search the clefts and under rocks to find and present Himself to His bride, to journey and be part of the New Covenant people. This poetic rendition foretell the Messiah—Christs restless eagerness to have a transformative love encounter with His people in the Sacraments of the Church.
THE GOSPEL READING: Having heard of Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, Mary the new ark of the covenant hastenened to present her Son of God to her family. Whilst it is true that the Hebrew people was not permitted to venerate man-made images, their adoration of the Ark of the covenant was an exception! With this said, filled with the “Holy Spirit,” Elizabeth unequivocally venerate Mary when she identified her as the “mother of God,” to the extent that her son John, leaped in her womb as if to also affirm her revelation in response to the physical presence of Christ within the Ark!!!
Married couples who struggle to beget children are called to spend quantity time—at least six months— before the New Ark of the covenant wherein our Lord reside in the Tabernacle. Appeal to the mother of the Lord, Mary, to visit you so that the wife’s womb may be opened to blossom and bring forth the fruit of spousal love. Be also open to adoption which is what Joseph did, when he submitted to the angel to not send Mary away!
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.
Commentary. 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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