This week’s question: Mosquitoes…Part Deux…”Why did God create mosquitoes?”
OK, so now we get down to the real nitty gritty. If you recall, last time, we dealt with the perplexing question of why Noah brought mosquitoes on the Ark (it had to do with hippo pooh, and his [still anonymous] wife, if I recall…)
This week’s edition will delve further into the question behind our first question: Just why did God create mosquitoes (not to mention wood ticks, siblings, those little black biting flies, and long-winded preachers) in the first place?
First things first … in Genesis, we hear “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” We also know that nothing exists that God did not create, for “without Him, nothing came to be.” That means that even those pesky, annoying, dirty little buggers were both created by God, and were “good”. God wanted – He wants – them to be … otherwise, they would not (be). However, our question here isn’t “to be or not to be,” but rather, why must these things be?
I’ll give 3 brief attempts to respond to this question. First off, we must acknowledge that life itself – existence itself – is a great mystery that we cannot (even in principle) understand any more than my beloved dog (Tilly) can comprehend the meaning and purpose of any of those books on my shelf or even of any of these words that you are now reading. That doesn’t mean that none of this has any meaning, but only that she cannot know it. So it goes with us and the mysteries of life (let alone The Mystery of life). Read here Job 40-42, and hear God say, “Where were you, when I made the mosquito?”
Second, although God’s ways are mysterious, He has and He does reveal Himself and His purposes to us as we are able to understand. We can be sure that to Goliath, young David must have seemed as a pesky mosquito – as did Mary and Joseph and their wailing Babe to Herod and Caesar and their henchmen. Yet God chooses the lowly – those who are accounted as nothing – to bring about His great plan of love. I know of a man whose life – and the lives of those he loved – were saved because his weak heart stopped beating. Perhaps the mosquito (and the sibling and the little black biting fly and even the long-winded preacher) have some great purpose in God’s great plan after all – perhaps yet to be revealed.
Third, this coming Tuesday, we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits). His motto was: ad maiorem Dei gloriam (for the greater glory of God). That’s what he lived his life for, and that’s why all things are. Yes, the birds in their plumages and their warbles, whistles, and yodels; the summer sunsets; the rivers both roaring and restful – all these give glory to God by being as He made them to be. But even so do the mosquito, the squabbling sibling, little black biting fly, and the long-winded preacher. All and each – in its own way – give glory to God. And so do you.
Thanks for another great question, and if you have more questions or a different way of looking at this one, please share them on our “Three Parish Catholic Family” Facebook page. And keep those questions coming! May God bless you this summer and always!