Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The young woman celebrates her lover, admiring his strength and beauty, and remembering his invitation for her to join him as they enjoy the weather, the sounds, the fruits, and the beauty of Spring.
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
A Psalm in celebration of God’s appointed king as handsome in appearance, but also as just and righteous. The context is the wedding of the king, and thus the beauty and sacredness of this human union is also celebrated.
God has given us every good and perfect gift. Therefore, we need to live God’s law, remembering it and putting it into practice. We are called to be good listeners who are slow to anger, who have a humble attitude and who care for the marginalised and vulnerable in our world.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Jesus is questioned by the religious leaders because his disciples don’t wash their hands before they eat. In response Jesus warns against worship that is only lip service, and explains that it is not what comes from outside that defiles us, but what comes from the heart.
(Bible summaries from John van de Laar, Sacredise)
For anyone wishing to reflect on the Song of Solomons – the only reading we have in the RCL from this book in the Hebrew Scriptures – this article could be helpful (the Mystics use of the Song of Solomon). MysticismArticleTucker P+14
The next few weeks include readings from James – here’s a link to fabulous stations on the Book of James that could be done over several weeks, or a whole service devoted to stations. (Thanks Sara Hargreaves and Sam Hargreaves)