Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16, NRSV).
There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.” In that case, many of us are pork, beef, chicken, vegetables and more. As human beings we are always searching for something new to eat. I look up new recipes all the time. It is also true that when we eat something we like, we savor it. We can’t seem to get enough of it.
Psalm 34:8 reads “Taste and see that the Lord is good…”
Our biggest obstacle to searching for God is our false-sense of self. The notion that everything must bring us some kind of pleasure. Nothing should challenge us to re-evaluate ourselves and what our hungry souls are really longing for.
The writer of Jeremiah is acknowledging that finding God’s words is such an immense delight, that he knows that God is calling him to something greater. God satisfies more than just our hungry heart. God’s words fill us with more than warm fuzzy feelings. God gives us a revelation of God and ourselves that defies human logic and emotional sensations. God fills us with a love when God’s truth in the Holy Spirit meets our wounded souls, and our search for union with God finds a place within our own spiritual truth.
In God’s words we can contemplate the wonder of God’s amazing love and faithfulness as we turn ourselves over in obedience to the One who has given all to redeem us. The words will shake us up and call us to a conversion of life. They will lead us to know with the Prophet that we too are called by our God who longs for us to find our true selves in Christ who calls us each by name. Can anything be more wondrously mystical than that?
“What page of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest guides for human life?” (RB 1980: The Rule of Saint Benedict in Latin and English, chapter 72:3, p.296-297).
Have you found and eaten God’s words in your life?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB