March 22: Taste and See

Updated: Apr 1

Monday of the Fifth Week in Lent

March 22, 2021

What do you think about food and eating? Do you eat to live or live to eat? Is food your medicine and medicine your food? Whatever your response, I think we all can agree that food and eating are necessary for our health and wellbeing.

Our sense of taste plays a BIG part in our health and safety as it tells us whether something we place in our mouth is sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or savory. This information encourages us to eat the things that we need, and avoid those things that could be harmful.

Given the important function of our sense of taste, it is no wonder that in Psalm 34:8 King David tells us to “Taste and see that God is good.” Following are a few morsels I’d like to offer as an appetizer to the banquet of God’s bountiful goodness.

Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are Your words to my taste; sweeter than honey to my mouth.”

Proverbs 23:6-8 “Don’t associate with evil men; don’t long for their favors and gifts. Their kindness is a trick; they want to use you as a pawn. The delicious food they serve will turn sour in your stomach…”

Mark 9:50 “Good salt is worthless if it loses its saltiness; it can’t season anything. So don’t lose your flavor! Live in peace with each other.”

Mark 15:22-23 “And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (Golgotha means skull). Wine drugged with bitter herbs was offered to him there, but he refused it.”

Genesis 27:31 “Then he also made savory food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father ‘let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.’”

It is my prayer that by feeding on the word of God, our spirits are nourished, and we are able to avoid those things that are harmful to our mind, body, and soul.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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