When the four evangelists were writing their Gospels, they often had passages from the Hebrew Bible in mind. When St. John, for example, tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in 20:1-8, he’s thinking about today’s reading from The Song of Songs. The search for Jesus’ body by Mary Magdalene is expressed in ways similar to those found in the beginning of the reading for today. That’s because St. John has an image of Jesus that he shares from time to time in his Gospel, that of Jesus as a bridegroom, a newly married husband. Mary Magdalene is like the bride. God’s love for us is like that of a husband for his beloved wife.
Our souls have a feminine quality about them. They are like the womb of a woman where God’s love can come to be, just as Jesus took flesh in the womb of his mother Mary.
Spend some time thinking and mediating about this fact: your soul is a womb for God.
Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
This year in the Easter Season we read
Proverbs 10—12 and the Song of Songs.
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