Speak Lord: Taste of Life

Last Supper, St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

The Psalm sung at Mass on Sunday, the 19th Sunday of the Year, returns us to the theme established in the Gospel of the Bread of Life, the Bread which gifts eternal life.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called, the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Psalm 33:2-9

The metaphor of eating as a way of grappling with our ‘knowing’ the Lord is a potent one. For Catholics, especially, it links with the Mystery of the Eucharist, but in the way that a good meal engages our senses, and takes time to unfold, and satisfy us, so too with God.

God is no thing we can know. God is God and we experience, savour, God: though philosophers and popes are hard put to explain how.

But we do know the love of the Lord, and especially his care and protection, and so we give thanks and praise.

Station of the Cross in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

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