God often talks about Israel as His bride. I get so jealous of that! I am single and I often view God as my Husband. I feel called to be His bride, but not called to be a nun. Although I do live a celibate life. I am in my 40’s now and have had 2 divorces. I just plan to live the rest of my days in love with God. Is it wrong to think of God as my Husband when He seems to be addressing Israel in this way. Can we take the analogy as we are “grafted” into Israel through Christ? Thanks!
I remember reading in St. Faustina’s diary about Jesus telling her He would defend her as His bride when she stands in front of the Judgement seat. I like that.
The Church is the Bride of Christ. The covenant God made with the Church was a nuptial covenant, as was the one he made with Israel.
In a certain sense, the soul of every baptized Catholic is the “bride of Christ.” The reason why is because the Church is the Bride of Christ, and what constitutes the Church after all?
796 The unity of Christ and the Church, head and members of one Body, also implies the distinction of the two within a personal relationship. This aspect is often expressed by the image of bridegroom and bride. The theme of Christ as Bridegroom of the Church was prepared for by the prophets and announced by John the Baptist. The Lord referred to himself as the “bridegroom.”** The Apostle speaks of the whole Church and of each of the faithful, members of his Body, as a bride “betrothed” to Christ the Lord so as to become but one spirit with him**. The Church is the spotless bride of the spotless Lamb. “Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her.” He has joined her with himself in an everlasting covenant and never stops caring for her as for his own body:
This is the whole Christ, head and body, one formed from many . . . whether the head or members speak, it is Christ who speaks. He speaks in his role as the head (ex persona capitis) and in his role as body (ex persona corporis). What does this mean? "The two will become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church." And the Lord himself says in the Gospel: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” They are, in fact, two different persons, yet they are one in the conjugal union, . . . as head, he calls himself the bridegroom, as body, he calls himself "bride."