As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples;
for I am sick with love.
O that his left hand were under my head,
and that his right hand embraced me!
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the hinds of the field,
that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please.
The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Sg 2:3-10
… God’s love claims everything. Mary is given to us as a mother at the cross, and Mary’s two motherhoods are but one single motherhood in the eyes of God… Joseph… could have been a temptation for this little child, totally consecrated to her God, when he approached her and asked her to love him…
… the Father takes direct and full possession of Mary’s heart…