As it happened, on a rather glorious day a young man was tending to his garden and enjoying the radiance of creatures he encountered, both great and small. Suddenly two young grasshoppers appeared to him upon a divine mirror of Creation. They bore such a splendid emerald green-gold color. Though not the most pleasant looking to many, the young man thought they were truly beautiful beings.
“Well hello friends!” exclaimed the young man somewhat startled yet expectantly. “And how may I help you two today?”
The leader of the grasshoppers replied in a scratchy voice, full of affectionate praise: “Holy son! – or shall I address you as holy god? – greetings, greetings! Do not be alarmed. We have come to beseech you on a matter most important!”
“Speak my friends!” replied the young man adoringly.
“Of course. Great god as you see we are small creatures. We grasshoppers are a proud yet dejected people. We are not liked much by others. We feel oppressed. We are often scared of judgment and retribution, for the little ones like to pluck our legs and the bigger ones drive us out as pests. But, dear lord, we only want to be pleasing to God and do good things! So in this wise we have appeared before you on this divine mirror of Creation to ask for your blessing. Pardon us, grand master! You see in us something more than what others see in us. Will you please bless us, holy god of God?”
The young man, quite amazed yet humbled and honored at their request, stepped back to consider all he had heard and reflect carefully on the meaning of such an otherworldly visitation. Then, nodding his head firmly, he addressed the marvelous creatures before him:
“Precious and fraternal compatriots! I am pleased to announce that I will grant your request!”
The grasshoppers stood very still and awaited the pronouncement of blessing.
“O Wise and Eternal and Omniscient God, You see All. You see every creature and You glorify Yourself through them. Send Your Spirit upon these, my grasshopper friends, and bring them to fuller glory that others may climb the Celestial Ladder emanating from the proper thanks Your creatures return to You, their Divine Origin and Maker.
Holiest of fiends! Listen to the exclamatory power: You are awesome grasshoppers! Since the days of Moses, God has bestowed upon you the spirit of plague and justice! You are fearsome yet so small! Always remember: God sends you forth to eat up injustices! To you belongs the great and terrible phenomena of God’s wrath! Insectoid lions! Chomp and roar and devour and consume all that is unholy! Ravish the grain of the rich man who exploits the poor! Do justice upon the earth with your little legs of languish! You are prophetic omens of grain destruction and ancient rebuke! Glorify God in what you are!“
Turning solemn and sad, the young man’s face expressed a sudden pain of sorrow:
“However, God has this against you: you are often too destructive. And while you bear a stigma of the world, you do not bless those who persecute you. Rather you continue to afflict the poor in your unthinkingness. At times you act merely as pests. But remember, special friends, not all pestilence is from God. Sometimes it is your selfishness, your pride, your degeneracy, your many sins that hurt Creation. Repent, therefore, and do penance, that you may recover your true purpose!”
At these words, the beloved grasshoppers, full of conviction of heart and compunction of sin, let out a squeaky sigh of acknowledgment. They bewailed their sins, for sins keep creatures from their special identity in God. They beseeched the young man, “Holy god, so sorry are we! We have been ungrateful and done wrong in the sight of God! Please have mercy on us! God of Creation, do not crush our spirits!”
The young man, looking lovingly upon God’s beloved grasshoppers, replied: “My friends, you have heard the gospel which Christ told His Apostles to preach to every creature! Your faith has now saved you. Your sins are forgiven. Go! Spring forth! Glorify God with your lives!”
And upon hearing the command to “Spring forth!” the grasshoppers jumped from the mirror of Creation and departed into a new world. There they stayed for a time, and another time, and a time again, until the Divine Culmination of all things in Heaven and Earth was completed.
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