Usually it’s just the opposite. We see something that looks tantalizing and good and so we taste it and, perhaps, indulge in its goodness. There are also occasions when we see something that does not look so enticing – like octopus? – and someone invites us to, “Try it, you’ll like it.” To which of these situations do the words of Psalm 34 apply? Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Probably neither and perhaps we need to reflect on the connection between tasting and seeing under a different light.
Remember the original temptation? “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”(Gen. 3:6). Satan suggests that tasting will open Adam and Eve’s eyes, not to the goodness of the Lord, but to their own power to be like God. On the one hand, God invites us to taste and participate in His goodness while the devil’s invitation is to taste and replace God with our own EGO.
Were not Adam and Eve naked without shame (Gen. 2:25) until they ate the forbidden fruit; then covered themselves afterward out of shame? While they enjoyed intimacy with God before their sin they did not enjoy the union with Him that God would grant us by joining His divinity to our humanity in the person of Jesus Christ, who promises, by the way, something greater than knowing good and evil.
“A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”(Jn. 10:10).
We consume Christ, the living bread that came down from heaven, so that He may fill us with Grace – participation in the life of God (CCC 1997). Tasting is the first blessing the psalm promises. We can also feast our eyes on His Presence during adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and see the goodness of the Lord. When we taste and see the goodness of the Lord then His praise shall be ever in my mouth and I will look to Him and be radiant with joy. Blessed the man who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:2,6,9).