Consider today's Gospel reading from Holy Mass:
The words that pierced me deeply this morning were: "and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem" (though in our parish "deliverance" was translated as "ransom"). Remember the thesis of the Bride: that she was the firstborn of God, she danced with Him at creation, and was manifest in the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament, the Holy Scriptures (with whom the rabbi even danced on the yearly feast of Simchat Torah!), the city of Jerusalem, daughter Zion, and most specially the Temple, to whom the tribes go up and refer to as their spiritual mother. This is the bride, who is later incarnate -- born from the side of her Bridegroom on the Cross, known to us as Holy Mother Church. (To fill in the gaps in the thesis ... the book.)
So as I was listening, it hit me anew that the Bride was awaiting her redemption, yearning for her Bridegroom to free her from the darkness of sin. Isn't this the story line in most fairy tales? Doesn't the damsel await her redeemer -- his kiss, his glance, his betrothal to awaken her from her slumber or to take her from drudgery or crushing circumstances? Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, etc. Children have always loved such stories, which means they have resonated at a deep level. The bride is incomplete without her designated bridegroom. His love completes her and yet He, in a sense, needs her as well. Nuptial love is complementary and life-giving.
It brings to mind how negatively feminists have seen such tales. For one reason or another (often abuse or manipulation) they reject the completion that the Bridegroom offers, demanding that the woman liberate herself, or rethink her situation so that the "oppression" is overthrown on her own terms. Think about it.