My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Songs 2:10
The poetic Old Testament book of the Song of Solomon is a portrayal of intense love and intimacy. It is often referenced as an analogy to the relationship of Jesus with His bride, the Church. Jesus is saying to us, Rise up, my love, and come away. He longs for that intimacy with us. He has beautiful words of love and consolation to share with us, but we are awfully busy, aren’t we? As we are forced to shut down and remove ourselves from the norms of everyday living, we are discovering just how attached we are to the pleasures and busyness of this world. Although these distractions may not be sins, they can - and do - keep us from hearing our Lord whispering, Come away! Now is where the hard questions must be faced: will we use this time of forced distancing to hear that invitation and respond to it? Or will we choose to grapple with impatience, anxiety, and fear? Will we hug our electronic devices, working fiercely to maintain connectedness through social media? Will we frantically turn to those who are powerless to heal and save? Or will we embrace solitude in order to spend intimate time with the Lover of our souls?
Pray Psalm 63:1-8
O God, you are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water,
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You.
Your right hand upholds me.