Reading: Song of Songs 2: 8-13
Verse Ten: Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.
Our passage today comes from a book of love songs, mostly written by Solomon. In our verses today, one can feel the love and passion between these two people. There is anticipation in his coming to her and there is excitement in his invitation to come away with him. There is beauty in the world and he wants to experience it with his love. There is indeed much love and passion between these two.
The love and passion that drives their relationship is the same love and passion that drives our relationship with God. God continually calls out to us with love and passion, always calling us to join Him. Our relationship begins at our baptism, where God calls us to Him and marks us as a child of God. This marking usually also involves a community of faith who commit to helping us on our journey of faith. From the time of baptism, God’s grace begins to work in our lives even though we may be unaware of it. This exhibits God’s love and compassion for us. As we gain a greater sense of God’s call and of His claim upon our lives, we come to a point of entering a personal relationship with God as we commit our lives to Him. We begin to live our lives sharing God’s love and passion with others. We become bearers of the good news of Jesus Christ, helping others to know God’s love and passion.
Like the young lover coming to invite his love to come and see the beauty of the world, we too invite others to see beauty. But our gift of beauty is on the cross. The deep, deep love and passion Jesus had for us is found in the beauty of the cross. It is through the cross that we are sealed as a forever child of God. As we live into God’s love and passion for us today, may we each help others to know the love and passion and forgiveness that calls out to us all.