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Springtime of Redemption

The wedding garment of our souls becomes soiled and stained as we travel through this land of exile but our Bridegroom offers us His Precious Blood and living water for the cleansing of our garments. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a nuptial sacrament, in that, through the confession and absolution of our sins, our wedding garment is purified and made ready to meet our Bridegroom in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the foretaste of the heavenly wedding feast.

In this poem, I reflect on the gift of redemption that the Father offers us through Christ, the Bridegroom of our souls and the Healer of our hearts.

Springtime of Redemption

The Wedding Feast is prepared.

The Father calls,

“Come, all you who hunger,

all you who thirst;

Come, eat and drink,

Drink deeply of My Love.”

 

I hear His invitation –

my heart thrills within me,

yet I weep.

My wedding garment is tattered and torn.

How dare I enter the King’s wedding feast

soiled and stained?

 

Behold, the voice of the Bridegroom!

See how He comes,

leaping over the mountains of my sins,

bounding over the hills of my misery.

My dirty and disgraced garment draws Him to me.

 

He looks in at the window of my heart;

He peers through the lattice of my shame.

He speaks!

He says to me, His repentant bride,

“Be not afraid. It is I. 

I come to restore your wedding garment.

 

See the wounds where the nails pierced My hands?

See the cleft in My side where the sword tore open My flesh?

In My Blood, flowing from these wounds 

of Love,

Your wedding garment is cleansed, purified, restored.

You are made new in Me.

 

Come then, My love, My lovely one come.

For see the winter of your exile is over.

The springtime of redemption has come.

Arise and come away with Me, My love!”

 

The Wedding Feast is prepared.

The Father of the Bride and the Bridegroom calls,

“Come, all you who hunger, 

all you who thirst.

Come to My banqueting hall and

I will raise My banner of Love over you.”

 

My Bridegroom takes my hand 

and together

We enter the Wedding Feast 

the Father has prepared.

My Divine Bridegroom and I, 

His redeemed Bride,

rejoice together as we eat 

and drink deeply

at the Father’s Banquet of Love. 

 

Laura Ercolino

February 14, 2024

Ash Wednesday

Laura is a mother, writer, artist, spiritual mentor, and founder of Hope’s Garden. She has experienced the redemptive power of the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom and like the Bride of The Song of Songs is passionate about sharing the truth of His intimate love for each one of us. Creativity and art have been at the heart of her healing journey and she feels called to share her creative talents with the hope of bringing beauty and the love of God to others.

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