Go Forth, New Grasshoppers!

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.

The Dog, Butterfly, and Owl

One day, as Dog was walking around his big green yard, a Butterfly landed on his nose.

Dog squinted.

“Hello friend,” Dog said. “How are you today?”

Butterfly fluttered her wings nervously. “Hello. I am not feeling so well today. My friends and I must travel a great distance and we fear the Great Owl looming nearby. Will you help us?”

As Butterfly flew from Dog’s nose, Dog saw an Owl perched atop the fence post nearby. Owl was a terrifying figure, particularly for a Butterfly. Dog, however, thought Owl was an amusing sight to behold.

Dog leapt across the green yard to Owl.

“Hello Dog,” said the Owl, looking down at the four-legged creature inquisitively. “How may I be of assistance?”

Dog marveled at Owl’s cool demeanor and great intelligence. Dog noticed Owl’s beak glinting in the sunlight. It appeared very sharp.

“Hello Great Owl,” smiled Dog. “My friend, Butterfly, is deeply concerned. She and her friends are worried that you will hurt them as they undertake a great travel. Are you aware of this?”

Owl narrowed his eyes playfully at Dog. “Yes, I am aware, but must I not eat? Are they not a good food source for me? What would you have me do?”

Dog, amassing as much wit as possible, looked down, then up, and then, speaking carefully so as not to insult Owl’s great intelligence, began, “Good Owl, you are truly wise and fearsome. We know that you fulfill a great role in the world. Your spirit is high and far reaching. I am just a humble dog. I serve my master and complete the work he has assigned me. The influence of my life is of little evidence, but I live a joyful life full of meaning. Allow me to ask, Wise Owl: Don’t you know there are creatures more deserving of your appetite? There are Rats causing a lot of harm around here and my master wants me to get rid of them. I’m sure they would be far tastier for you than Butterflies.”

Dog flashed Owl a look of insight. Owl grinned with pleasure.

“I see you know my kind,” said Owl. “Very well. You have my word: I will leave these poor Butterflies alone. Now, if you would be so kind, please show me where these delicious Rats are.”

Dog let out a yip and ran over to the side of his master’s house where he had seen Rats scurrying just a day before. Owl flew over to a nearby perch and scoured the ground with his impeccable vision as dog flushed the Rats out.

“There!” said Dog. “Do you see them?”

Without hesitation, Owl flew in and caught his meal.

Owl looked at Dog with affection. With a nod and a hoot, he said, “Thank you, Dog,” and then flew away to enjoy his fresh catch.

Butterfly rejoined Dog, perching sweetly upon his nose, and chimed, “Hurray! Good work, Dog! We would not have thought to approach Owl with that idea. You have saved us. Thank you!”

Dog yipped back joyfully, “You are welcome, Butterfly! Have a safe travel!”

Dog then heard his master call for him to come inside, where a warm bed and good meal awaited.

The purpose of wisdom is to protect the vulnerable from the powerful.