Both last Sunday and today the Psalm is number 34 with the repeated refrain, “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” It is a way of emphasizing this imagery during these summer days when we ponder the meaning of the Bread of Life Discourse from John’s gospel proclaimed in our assembly.
The human sense of taste is a wonderful experience. It slows us down so that we can savor and delight in what we are eating. It makes the process of eating more than a functional or even mechanical experience of trying to fill our stomachs. To taste and savor our food makes the experience something deeper, something more meaningful. It helps us to cherish the goodness of our meal and the pleasure of dining. In the Eucharist we taste of God’s goodness in the sacrament we share.
How does the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist help you to taste and see the goodness of the Lord?