Interesting symbolism discussed during the Homily for this week’s Gospel. Remember the description of John the Baptist:
“John was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.”
There is symbolism in the fact that John the Baptist “ate locusts and wild honey.” Remember the role of locusts in Exodus 10:3-6:
3 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and told him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews: How long will you refuse to submit to me? Let my people go to serve me.
4 For if you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.
5 They will cover the surface of the earth, so that the earth itself will not be visible. They will eat up the remnant you saved undamaged from the hail, as well as all the trees that are growing in your fields.
6 They will fill your houses and the houses of your servants and of all the Egyptians—something your parents and your grandparents have not seen from the day they appeared on this soil until today.” With that he turned and left Pharaoh.
Locusts are harbingers of bad things to come. They were the Eighth Plague God brought upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Wild honey represents the sweetness of life it’s God. Sometimes it is incredible the amount of symbolism contained in the Bible.