One of my favorite things to do for Lent is pick a book of the bible and read it slowly and reflectively every day. There’s something so powerful about reading scripture this way, sometimes moreso than going through the readings from Mass.
Last year, I read through the Song of Solomon and posted reflections three days a week on Instagram.
Song of Solomon may seem like a strange book to open up for Lent considering the blushingly vivid language about lovers, but that ended up being why it was precisely perfect. What better time than Lent to meditate deeply and vividly on the unfathomable love the Bridegroom of our souls has for us. It helped me discover just how rich this season of Lent truly is, a time where we can intentionally immerse ourselves into a deeper relationship with God.
While Lent is a time of fasting, abstinence and almsgiving, don’t be fooled. This is not a time of spiritual famine, but of sumptuous feasting.
I was surprised by what God showed me in reading this book during Lent, and how well the imagery of lovers illuminated the depth of love he showed us through his Passion and Death.
If this sounds like something that would be edifying for you this year, scroll below for links to my reflections. They can be used as devotionals or meditative aids as you read through Song of Solomon on your own.
First Week of Lent
Second Week of Lent
Third Week of Lent
Fourth Week of Lent
Fifth Week of Lent
Sixth Week of Lent