“My beloved is mine, and I am his,
he pastures his flock among the lilies.
Until the day breathes
and the shadows flees,
turn my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag upon the rugged mountains”
Song of Songs 2: 16-17
Love is true. When we fall in love with God – and that is the correct term- falling in love, we become like the beloved in the Song of Songs: we are in a relationship. There is to be no distance, but like St John we feel free to lie upon the breast of our Lord, indeed we feel we must, for there in the Heart of Jesus we find our refuge, our peace, our very life. That love is to be the motivation of all that we do. Through prayer, those hours we spend in silence in the presence of God, we are drawn deeper into that relationship of love – we and God become lovers. As Christians called to bear witness, we will find it very difficult, perhaps even impossible, to bear witness to him in the world if we do not pray, if we do not have that loving relationship with Christ. As a people who face persecution, our first response to it is to draw closer to Christ and seek to love him more.
Among our intentions today, we pray also for Christians who have yet to experience the loving presence of Christ.