Thought of the day
Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time

“ There is a greater than Solomon here”

                  In the sacred text of the Song of Songs we find the soul clothed, in a sense, in a bridal garment to prepare it for a pure, spiritual marriage with God that has nothing to do with the body. For He, “who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2,4), shows us in this book the most perfect and glorious path of salvation; by way of love, I mean . For some are saved by fear, as for example when we break off from sin because we have our eyes on the threatened punishment of hell. There are others, too, who live lives of virtue because of the rewards promised to the good; and these possess their goal not by charity but through their hope of reward. 

               But whoever runs in spirit to reach perfection, casts out fear. For fear is the attitude of a slave who does not remain with his master out of love... This person loves with his “whole heart and soul and strength” (Mk 12,30)  he who is the source of all good, not the creatures that come from God. This disposition should be in the souls of all of us, according to the words of Solomon...

Do you suppose I'm referring to Solomon, Bathsheba's son, who offered a thousand oxen on the mountain and who sinned by following the advice of the foreign woman? I am not. No, I am thinking of another Solomon who was also born of the seed of David according to the flesh, whose name was “peace”. [the name 'Solomon' means “man of peace” (1 Ch 22,9)]. He is the true King of Israel, the builder of God's Temple, the possessor of universal knowledge. His wisdom is measureless; more, his essence is wisdom and truth; his name and his thoughts are perfectly divine, wholly sublime. Solomon was used by him as an instrument and he is the one who, through his voice, speaks to us first in Proverbs, then in Ecclesiastes, then in the Song of Songs. Thus he presents methodically and in order for our reflection the means of making progress towards perfection.