The readings from The Song of Songs are in sharp contrast with Monday’s dark passages from Ezekiel. Love poetry of the Song of Songs is set against violence and exile spoken by Ezekiel. However, God’s intense love for his people and their refusal to love in return still come forth in both readings. Chapter 5, verse 6 was in St. John’s mind when he developed the scene of Mary Magdalene searching for Jesus the morning of the resurrection.
The woman in today’s reading is very faithful to the man she loves, yet she is not wearing the proper clothing as she walks about, so the guards of the city think that she is a woman of the streets, a prostitute. Even when love is faithful, sometimes other people don’t understand. It seems that love often carries with it some kind of pain. Misunderstandings can happen. However, as we’ll read next Tuesday in chapter 8, “Love is stronger than death.”
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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