Season after Pentecost, Proper 17, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-13
We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.
We do not hear from this book of the Bible very often. It is filled with love songs, some of them erotic. This passage describes a time of renewal and issues an invitation to love. We can read this as an invitation to enjoy the Reign of God already present through loving and serving God, to experience the harmony of nature and relationships in this realm, and to explore the goodness God promises and its similarity to the land of Eden at Creation. Tradition suggests that this was written by King Solomon.