Wikipedia tells me that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. While she is certainly an impressive person in her own right, she is well-known principally because of her marriage to Prince William, with whom she seems to enjoy a true and loving partnership. Being married to a future king brings with it great prestige and honour.
Today’s reading is about a royal marriage. The bride, seemingly from a foreign country, is directed to forget her former land and her ancestry and focus instead on the future, not on her ancestors but on her children.
In the Old Testament, God is the husband of God’s people. In the New Testament, the church is the bride of Christ. For us, too, it is a great honour to be brought into this intimate and loving relationship with our Lord. We, like the bride in the psalm, are directed to turn our attention from the past to what lies ahead, a life of discipleship and service, and a glorious future in God’s eternal kingdom.
Loving Lord, bless our marriage to you. Help us to be faithful in our work of bringing your love and blessing to the world. Amen. — DLK