Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Final Crossing
Finally we come to the basic message of the song of songs, that Love is stronger than death. This is also the message of St. Paul in his chapter on Love, or Charity, that though Faith and Hope may pass away, love is endless.
Death is swallowed in victory. Where, Death is your victory? Where, Death, your sting?
I.Cor. 15: 54,55
The soul of the hero is taken across the river of death.
Death is associated with many waters, going back to ancient Cananite and Babylonian myths. In the book of Revelations, “the prostitute rules enthroned besides abundant waters” (Rev. 17.1) Waters often represent the underworld, which have to be crossed over. An angel helps the soul to the further shore.