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Thursday, March 18, 2021

locust_616_600x450[1]Amos 7:1-3

Vision of Locusts

Amos has conveyed his Words and Woes.  oday he begins to share his visions with us.

From the National Geographic site: “A plague of locusts is a devastating natural disaster. These infestations have been feared and revered throughout history. Unfortunately, they still wreak havoc today . . . Locust swarms devastate crops and cause major agricultural damage and attendant human misery—famine and starvation. They occur in many parts of the world, but today locusts are most destructive in sustenance farming regions of Africa . . . A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles in size and pack between 40 and 80 million locusts into less than half a square mile.  Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.  Like the individual animals within them, locust swarms are typically in motion and can cover vast distances. In 1954, a swarm flew from northwest Africa to Great Britain. In 1988, another made the lengthy trek from West Africa to the Caribbean”. (“Locust”)

We ask God why natural disasters strike. We want to know why the innocent suffer. We look for answers to our troubling questions. Perhaps we only need say: How can we stand?  We are so small!

And surely God will answer: It shall not be.


Locust Swarm in Madagascar

When we focus only on devastation and loss we miss the chance to see how God pulls goodness out of harm. And we also miss the opportunity to do the same.  As part of our Lenten promise to change for the better, let us commit to looking for God’s generosity and love rather than what we perceive as God’s neglect.

When we ask God to intercede for us, we show the creator our understanding that we are Children of God. We show Christ our willingness to enter into his mystical body. And we show the Spirit our desire to find union in the consoling, loving presence of the Lord. As part of our Lenten journey with God, let us determine to ask for God’s help.

Tomorrow, Vision of Fire.

“Locust.” National Geographic. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 7 Mar 2014. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/locust/&gt;.

For more on locusts, click on the images above or go to: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/locust/ or http://www.worldnewstomorrow.com/?p=7047

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