Mass Readings: Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18a/ Luke 1:39-45

Metaphor for Love

The first reading today comes from the Song of Songs, in which two engaged people express their longing for one another. The verses dart back and forth from the feelings of the woman to the feelings of the man. The imagery is often dramatic: “Hark! my lover — here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.” Officially, the Song of Songs is a metaphor for the love between God and people.

Over the centuries, some folks have wanted to kick it out of the Bible, but the Church has always said no. The love between husband and wife, including its physical expression, is truly a reflection of God’s love for us. What a beautiful gift. 

Prayer: Dear Loving God, help me appreciate love in all its dimensions.