Christ the Bridegroom of the Church – Psalm 45:10-17

Psalm 45:10-17

10  Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
forget your people and your father’s house,
11       and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12       the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people 13with all kinds of wealth.

The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
14       in many-colored robes she is led to the king;
behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
15  With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.

16  In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
17  I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Reflect today on the relationship between Christ and the church.
  • Christ is the bridegroom of the church, the body of Christ.
  • Forget the false people.
  • Be led to Christ with joy and gladness.
  • Blessing awaits you there.
  • Authentic relationship awaits you there.
  • Love awaits you there.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 5, 2020, the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:10-17
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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