“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” – Mark 10:14-15
Pets are family. Pets are children who happen to be a different species. These are the sentiments of many, including myself. Megan and I love our kitties and foster dog. Such views are insights into a bigger reality.
The field of genetics is showing how life on our planet is related. It is astounding how much similarity exists between us and animals that are supposedly very different. For instance we humans share about 90% of the same DNA as the average house cat. (It is about 82% similarity or so [calculating this percentage has an aspect of art to it] to dogs.) Shockingly enough, humans share about 60% of our DNA with bananas.
When Christ died on the cross he did so for all things, and in doing so he pulled all things towards himself. We humans can sometimes think that Jesus died ONLY for humans. But what about all the other parts of creation with which we are related? Certainly in the above passage, Jesus is speaking of human children, but also included are the cats, dogs, and bananas of this world. Anything that is of Creation is under God’s parentage.
This coming Sunday we will remember that Christ is for all Creation by having blessing of pets and animals in worship. Creatures that can be inside, are appropriately social with animals of a variety of species, and social with humans are welcome to attend. If the non-human child would prefer to stay at home, bring a picture or a representation of them and that can be used to ask God’s blessing upon them.
God continue to be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+