Author: Fr Charlò Camilleri

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalms 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 In 1599, one of the best-known love poems in English, written by the young Christopher Marlowe, was published posthumously. In The Passionate Shepherd to his Love, a wanting herder tries to win the love of his life with worldly assurances of joyousness and exhilaration. In reply to this poem, Walter Raleigh penned The Nymph’s reply to the Shepherd, wherein she rejects and ridicules the shepherd’s puerility in his understanding of love. Years before, the 16th-century mystic John of the Cross also wrote about “a lone young shepherd living in pain,…

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