Goodness

by Melodius Monk      

Taste and see how good the Lord is. Psalm 34’s promise isn’t a one-time event. God invites us to “taste” and “see” something new of his love every minute of every day. I consider this mind-blowing. It is helpful to recall and remember times God has been good to me and I believe there will be many more times, but daily as I go about my day, I don’t expect to be “seeing” the goodness of the Lord again each hour. Yet maybe the psalmist is suggesting that God constantly wants to be re-wrapping us in his goodness. Psalm 34 also declares that “the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him.” The word “encamp” has a sense of permanence, a feeling that the Angel will not leave us, will not give up the battle to let us taste and see Good. 

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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