Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Grasshoppers & Royalty

I had another one of my "acid" dreams. But promise not to judge me unless you read Daniel and Ezekiel first.
I dreamt that two creatures were laying on the ground in front of me. One was badly injured. I don't remember what it was. The other was a very large brightly colored grasshopper. I bent over to help the other creature, as it seemed obvious that it was the more badly injured and needed my help. But the grasshopper began to speak to me. Yes...the grasshopper talked. It began to insist that I stop what I was doing and look to its needs. It insisted that it was injured and desperately needed my help. So I paused for a second and looked at it. I began to see another identical grasshopper emerge from its belly. I said, "There isn't a thing wrong with you! You're just giving birth!"
I woke up thinking, " Grasshoppers give birth to grasshoppers."

And what does this have to do with royalty? There is quite a bit of controversy and argument over the role Mary should play in the church. Protestants accuse Catholics of worshipping her. Catholics accuse Protestants of neglecting her. She has been given titles such as the Mother of God& Queen of Heaven. We fight about her birth... was it immaculate conception? We fight about if she ascended after her death. Being raised Protestant and now being Catholic, I can tell you I have done quite a bit of pondering about Mary. I still can't bring myself to say the "Hail Mary", but when I pray I will sit in front of her statue and ponder her testimony. You see to me its all about giving birth. What ever you believe about Mary, she has something to say to us, because we all give birth. Oh, some of us may not have a physical womb...but trust me, you are still giving birth. It may not be a physical baby to be held and coddled in your arms... it might be something of a much less innocent nature....maybe hatred, or strife, or selfishness, lies or deception. Psalm 7:14 tells us that he (yes... it reads "HE"!) who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. But hopefully as a disciple of Christ it is his Kingdom you are birthing into the world around you. Hopefully as disciples of Christ we are birthing hope and joy, peace, patience and kindness, truth, love and self-control. Hopefully we are birthing compassion for the truly injured, and concern for the weak. We all give birth. We are all called, like Mary, to be fully submitted and yielded to the will of God so that the Holy Spirit can birth the Kingdom of God through us...on this Earth as it is in Heaven. Grasshoppers give birth to grasshoppers. Royalty gives birth to royalty. What are you birthing?


Dr. Mike Kear said...

Nice post, angevoix! "Out of the abundance of the heart" we give birth.

As a Baptist, I was among those who "neglected" the role of Mary. But it was Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ that made her real to me. The depiction of Mary in that film literally brought me to tears.



voixdange said...

Yes, many people I know were very touched by the portrayal in that movie. Thanks.

madcapmum said...

As someone raised Protestant, an adult convert to Catholicism, and now mainly a wary observer, I've been on both sides of the fence and found myself sitting on it, too, regarding the Mary issue. Frankly, at this point I find it easier to accept her than most other traditional religious concepts.