This morning I got up early enough to pray and then exercise before my son woke up. Each time I exercise, I listen to the same playlist on an app on my phone. Usually I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics of the songs, not just because I am really fit and always very much into my workouts (note: intense sarcasm) but mostly because I am used to the same songs that repeatedly play.
Today, a new song came on and the moment the singer began, it was as if the lyrics grabbed hold of me. The song is “Starving” and it was the Ed Sheeran cover from the original by Hailee Steinfeld, Grey. The song immediately made me think of Jesus Christ. It was if this song was made for me to Him. I listened intently to the lyrics.
The verse that really stuck out to me was: “I didn't know that I was starving till I tasted you.”
From a secular point of view this song can be quite inappropriate but to me, a follower of Christ, a daughter of a King, it is perfect.
Honestly, I had to hold back tears (okay, sobs) when I heard this. Prior to coming back home to Catholicism, I had no idea how much I needed Jesus Christ and how empty my life was without Him.
Symbolically, these lyrics perfectly explain how I did not realize how much I need to be with Jesus not only at Mass and receive His forgiveness at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but how I desperately need to follow Him and place Him at the center of my life in everything and in every day.
Literally, each time I receive the Eucharist, I receive Him and tasting and consuming the Body of Christ has not only restored me entirely but it has roused parts of me that I never knew existed.
This isn’t the first time that I have had this experience with music. Since coming back to the Catholic Church several years ago, I have started to notice that there are certain secular songs that now make me contemplate my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Another great lyric is “Don't need no butterflies when you give me the whole [dang] zoo.”
Lately, I have been feeling the temptation to sin. Not in major ways but in ways that would eventually derail me from my desired path to holiness.
This lyric was a great reminder that the “butterflies” that the world has to offer is nothing in comparison to the “zoo” that Our Lord promises us.
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Ed Sheeran - 'Starving' (Hailee Steinfeld, Grey Cover) (Capital Live Session) Explicit Lyrics