13th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 30th August 2015 – Song of Solomon 2:8-13

25 08 2015

13th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 30th August 2015

Song of Solomon 2:8-13 

(This is the only time in our Sunday Eucharistic Readings that Song of Solomon is chosen – let’s use it!)

Where are the surprises?

Whose voices do we not hear?

What challenges us?

Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?

  1. That in such an erotic book, the passage chosen is innocently beautiful and passionate.
  2. That a woman is leading the narration and we only hear the man speaking because the woman allows us to listen.
  3. The Genesis blight on man/female relationships has been transformed into Spring and fertility and passion and excitement – no thorns or painful childbearing. (Yes, cynical marrieds may say ‘but that will happen’)

The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?

  1. Turtledoves are no longer heard in the UK. Our farming methods have discouraged them. Likewise in our land we hear a lot about sex. But little about passionate love between two people committed to each other (v36).
  2. We suspect to the invitation of ‘Come away’ she will say ‘yes’. But we don’t know this.
  3. We have not allowed the text to speak as it is. We have ‘spiritualised’ it. Yes, it can be a love song between Christ and his church but let’s hear it as a love song between a young man and women first.

What challenges us in 2015?

  1. To speak about sex in a positive life enhancing way – as a antidote to porn. Can we do this without embarrassing ourselves or our congregation? Now there’s a challenge!
  2. To show how commitment in a relationship is a reflection of God’s love for us; a reflection of grace. This passage is beautiful because it is undergirded by commitment to each other. This seems hard to say because it’s been tarnished by our prudishness and by our society’s obsession with smut.
  3. How God is committed to us.
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