Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
A Word of Hope
Today, March 2, his birthday, is Dr. Seuss Day, although several teachers I know will observe it as the first day of Dr. Seuss Week, also known as National Reading Week. Most of us have fond memories of having read his clever little rhyming stories when we were young, but the truly wise among us have never stopped reading them.
Theodore Geisel, born in 1904, who later became known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was much more than an American children’s author. He was a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker, who won an Academy Award in 1947 for Best Documentary. His works often were about characters who reflected many aspects of Jesus, although his books never directly referred to the Christ. It’s easy to see the compassion of Jesus and his inclusive love in Horton the Elephant as he becomes the savior of Whoville. We also see God’s concern for Creation in another classic character: “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
Jesus was the greatest storyteller of his era. His parables were laced with irony. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” –Seuss. Jesus, being a person of very few, but well-chosen words, also taught us how to tell a story. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”- Seuss.
My favorite running theme in so many of the Dr. Seuss books is also my favorite attribute of the Christ, the Provider of Hope:
“You’re off to Great
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
May we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in life’s mountains and may we always carry that mustard seed of faith with us!
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, yes indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
…Kid, you’ll move mountains.” Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ― Dr. Seuss
Minister for Children and Families
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare