Here is a Christmas homily for you:
To the king I must speak the song I have made…
You are the fairest of the children of men…
Gird your sword upon your thigh…
Ride on in triumph for the cause of truth
and goodness and right…
A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom.
Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.
God has anointed you with the oil of gladness…
Your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.
From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.
On your right stands the queen in gold.
Anyone recognize this hymn to Christ? Where are the real Scripture scholars? It is the 45th Psalm.
We priests read the Psalms every day. We use a special prayerbook. It is one of our duties to pray the Psalms everyday.
In our prayerbook, after each of the Psalms, there is a prayer to help us understand the meaning of the Psalm.
In the prayer after Psalm 45, we pray: “When you took on flesh, Lord Jesus, you made a marriage of mankind with God.”
A marriage of mankind with God.
The prophet Isaiah referred to this marvelous marriage. The prophet declares to us: “As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you” (Isaiah 62:5).