As today is Sunday, I considered not writing but I felt such a strong prompting to share just one more reflection on the first line of The Song of Songs. I hope this short quote from The Cantata of Love will inspire your hearts as you participate in Holy Mass today.
“Let Him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth. Your love is more delightful than wine”
“Some Fathers of the fourth century such as Cyril of Jerusalem and Ambrose show in their Easter catechesis that the ardent wish of the bride—“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth”—is essentially fulfilled in the Eucharist:
‘When the body of Christ will touch your lips,’ Cyril says to the catechumens, ‘then the wish of the Bride will be fulfilled for you: let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! The unity of love in the Spirit is then consummated.’” (From The Cantata of Love: A Verse by Verse Reading of The Song of Songs)
As the Bridegroom of the Church and of our souls, Christ loves us with such passionate “mad Eros” that He willingly gives to us His very Self… Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity… perpetually and eternally… so that together we will be one and the union of Love within our hearts may overflow in life-giving water for a dry and thirsting world.
You are all in my prayers today as I make this act of spiritual communion…
O Jesus, my Lord of Love, I cannot now receive You in the Most Holy Eucharist but I desire that Your True Presence fill me – mind, heart, body, and soul – here, now, in this moment. I open myself to You and ask that You come and give to me the gift Yourself – Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity – and receive from me the gift of myself – all I was, all I am, and all I will be. Together let us be one. Amen.
May the joy of the Bridegroom fill your heart today.