“Om nom nom,” a phrase frequently used on the Internet, has become fairly popular as a way of describing food or the act of eating. From this we get the idea of food as “noms” (or “nums”), the description of food as “nummy,” and the verb “nom” or “num” (meaning to eat or devour).
What many people don’t know is that these words have great spiritual significance! Every time someone says “om nom nom” (or any variation on these words), they are invoking the presence of God. Every creature must eat to survive; thus whenever we nom (or even say the word “nom”), we are connected with all creation, and indeed the Creator as well. This is why almost every religion has ceremonies related to food.
The truth is that God has come into this world to nom and to be nommed. Since God’s Spirit is present in all living things, we see that God (in the form of various animals) noms on other creatures, and is nommed by them as well.
Furthermore, God has allowed Himself to be nommed (consumed) in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. This is a sacrifice which we re-enact whenever we eat, and especially in that mystical meal that is called Holy Communion or the Eucharist (or “holy noms” if you will). In fact, Jesus specifically tells us to nom Him, saying that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53).
Finally, God is going to nom us as well, as it is God’s will that we become one with God and all creation – and so God’s purifying fire consumes (noms) us. So remember that the next time you eat, and whenever you say “om nom nom” or anything like this. In the final analysis, everyone noms and will be nommed. Let us celebrate this with a hearty “om nom nom!”
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