Let us pray again today with the Bride of The Song of Songs as she requests a kiss from the Bridegroom.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; your love is more delightful than wine; delicate is the fragrance of your perfume.” 1:2
The Song of all Songs begins abruptly and passionately with the Bride’s demand for a kiss. And naturally, our first reaction is to immediately push back and think “Oh no, this is wrong. I cannot think of Jesus as the Bridegroom kissing me!”
Be not afraid. Take heart. Remember that these words are the divinely inspired Word of God. Rooted in that truth, ask the Holy Spirit to come and enlighten your heart with His gift of wisdom that you may hear the voice of the Bridegroom singing His holy truth within the depths of your heart.
Imagine you are a dear friend of our Blessed Mother, perhaps her cousin Elizabeth. All your lives you have heard the promises of the coming Messiah, the Bridegroom of Yahweh. You have listened to the voices of the teachers and the prophets and you have closed your eyes and pictured the wonderful beauty and peace of the coming age. God’s promises to betroth His people to Himself, to rejoice over you as a bridegroom over his bride, to prepare a wedding banquet of exquisite wine and fattened calves, are etched into your heart and soul. His promise to be not only your Maker but to love you with an everlasting tender spousal love is the hope that carries you through the years of longing and waiting.
But in many moments the expectant longing seems unbearable and your heart cries out, “How long, O Lord? How long must we wait for the coming of Your long-awaited Bridegroom? O, let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth… now… for I can no longer wait and only dream of Him! You have created me with this longing only He can fulfill so end my long suffering and send Him to me today!”
All the longing and ardent desire for the coming of the Messiah is spoken by the Bride in her first line of The Song of Songs. St. John of the Cross explains that the Bride, in her exile, does not want anymore to be told about her Bridegroom, no matter how beautifully. Now she wants to talk directly to him, without any intermediary, and to be with him at last.
Have we not all at times grown impatient and eager in our longing to be with Jesus? Perhaps, you have not demanded a kiss from God but have you longed for a tangible and real awareness of His nearness, of His voice, of His care and love for you?
If so, then you can pray as the Bride of The Song and let your heart cry out to Jesus, the Bridegroom… “Come, Lord Jesus, and kiss me with the kisses of Your mouth… for Your Holy Spirit is the kiss of Your love and Your peace that I so desire to know. I need You now and immediately. No one and nothing else can satisfy the longings of my heart. Come and kiss away my tears of heartache and loneliness with Your kisses of divine love and comfort. Grant me the grace to recognize Your heavenly kisses in all the many gifts and blessings You shower upon me day after day. And my Jesus, may my open heart and grateful receiving of Your kisses be a kiss of love from me to You.”
Take heart and with the Bride be daring… ask for His Kiss of Peace, for the kiss that are His Words of Truth and Life, for the Kiss of The Holy Spirit, for His kiss upon your lips as you receive your Bridegroom in the Eucharist. Let Him kiss you with the kisses of His holy mouth and surely He will!
Wrapping you in prayer,