The Song of Songs: its meaning

Jews and Christians regard this text as the centre of the Bible.

Can I, one day, look face to face at the countenance of Love?

It would traumatise me to the extent that my being would be for ever transformed.

The shock of that encounter would be similar to that of the Burning Bush.

I would become a new person.

What I had been until that moment would be renewed and transformed.

Absolute Love, having discovered me, purified me, and embraced me so that no other embrace would matter.

All shadow would vanish. The Light would fill me and be so obvious that I would be dazzled for ever.

I would no longer be a multiplicity of fragments, of facets, but I would coincide with the Oneness of the One encountered.

The Song of Songs is not a poem.

It is not literature.

It speaks of the Metamorphosis, the Transfiguration, which God works in every human being who encounters the Lord.

The Fathers of the Church and the Rabbis are unanimous, speak with one voice on this to an astonishing degree.

We must be extremely careful not to revile this text.

The spiritual consequences of treating it as a sensuous, secular literary text are dire.

Metanoia (pronounced meta’niya) means ‘a change of mind.’

That change of mind should start with the way we see the Song of Songs.

‘The Love of God’ will then cease to be an empty word.

May the Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to the truth of the Song of Songs.

Our spiritual responsibility in the Church community is founded on the depth of our respect for the Song of Songs.