When does a bride cry?
There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
The loved one experiences an irrepressible need to be at the side of the man she loves. In the silence of the night, she thinks of him. She says his name and dreams his caresses: “His left hand is under my head and his right hand embraces me” (Song 8:3). She is desolate unless she receives a message from him. When she hears his voice she is seized by a tremor. She runs to open, turns the lock and unlocks the door. But the loved one is not there anymore. He turns, goes, and disappears and my soul goes after him (Song 5:5-6).
“They have taken away my Lord,”—Mary Magdalen exclaims through her tears. The two disciples of Emmaus walk sadly. The women bow their faces to the ground, looking for him who is alive at the tomb (Lk 24:5). They are the living portrait of the community that does not notice any longer “the beloved of her heart.” With him every night was transformed into light, the sunset a prelude to dawn, the pain in the announcement of a birth, tears in the blossoming of a smile.
“Stay with us”—the bride begs—when the Lord appears to act “as if he were going farther.” He promised to stay with her, every day, until the end of the world (Mt 28:20). Why does he leave her alone? But it is not he who turns away, she is the one incapable of recognizing him.
As soon as he begins to explain the Scriptures, her heart starts to burn. As the beloved in the Song of Songs, she recognizes the voice of her beloved, and at the breaking of the bread, her eyes light up and recognize him. He had not left her, and will never leave her.
To internalize the message, we repeat:
“Make us hear your voice in the Scriptures, and that we recognize you in the breaking of the bread.”