In the first reading from The Song of Solomon, we hear a beautiful acclamation for the coming of Christ, whom Solomon calls, Beloved. It is historically touching that Solomon, the successor of King David, calls Christ, Beloved. For the Messiah is to be the descendant of David, which means beloved. We can learn a great deal from Solomon in terms of his joy, expression, and hopefulness for the coming of the Savior. The imagery in his diction creates a vivid picture that paints a sense of hope, that can be reflected upon particularly during advent. The part of this reading that deeply resounded with me was, “Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows looking through the lattice.” So often we lose hope, but this reminds us that God is omnipotent, forever watching over us and guiding us. During this advent season, may we pray for a deeper hope and trust in the Lord and that we may remember that we are also Christ’s beloved.