All glorious is the princess as she enters;
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king;
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
With joy and gladness they are brought,
and enter into the palace of the king. (Psalm 45:14-16)
It’s a little hard to place ourselves in this picture.
To the Psalmist, we are the singer describing the scene at a royal wedding. To the Deuteronomist, we are God’s chosen people, set apart and soon to worship in a Temple in our own land.
To Paul, we are that Temple ourselves:
For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will live in them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people” (2 Cor. 6:16)
The Church has also understood itself to be the bride in mystic union with Christ the Bridegroom.
Open your heart wide today to these images of glory and beauty and worship and relationship. What is your place in this picture?