You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4.4
A Word of Hope
Today is Bullying Prevention Day. Have you ever been bullied by your own demons? In the spirit of the month of Halloween, I offer this story to you:
Face to Face with Evil
This is the story of a young boy’s dream. He came face to face with what some would call darkness, others The Beast, and a few who see themselves. Some things, however, you cannot judge by appearances. In this dream the boy was flying over a forest when he suddenly came across a certain figure amongst the trees. At first glance the boy saw what looked like a black werewolf.
Upon closer inspection the boy saw bloodlust in the creature’s eyes. Standing on its hind legs with teeth bared and reaching towards the boy as though it could touch him, the eyes of this black wolf held pure darkness. The boy had no fear when he looked in the creature’s eyes, even though it was looking for his death. Instead the boy reacted in disgust. It was as if he were smelling decaying flesh for the first time, but unbearably worse.
The boy rejected the creature and said aloud, “Jesus devour it.” A couple of moments passed and the beast completely disappeared from vision. A couple more moments passed and The Beast reappeared as a crying infant. This dream was only one part of a much deeper conversation. What the boy saw was the mask of suffering. A crying baby was all Jesus left. He devoured the hatred, and left the baby. Why? Perhaps the answer is different for each of us. There is, however, a clue. The boy said,” devour it.”
Indeed, there was nothing left of the werewolf; Jesus had devoured it. This means that the crying baby was something different. The darkness was only the mask; thus, it was destroyed. The baby was left behind because it was not darkness; rather, its suffering had created the wolf. God is showing us that hurting people… hurt people. If a man wears a mask and becomes someone else he is an actor. We are all acting, but not all people are acting like themselves.
Lord I want to see what you see. Give me vision and the strength to carry the vision. Teach me how to come in and go out or how to walk wisely. Devour my mask and the mask of my neighbor. Heal the suffering and bring peace, joy, love, and laughter. Praise you Lord, the one who reveals secrets. Truth and insight are your gifts. When I seek you, I find you. Amen.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare