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Fritz’s Corner

Fritz’s Corner is a monthly column by parish pup, Fritz. It’s a doggone big world in Emilie’s office and Fritz has a lot of questions! Check back every month to see what Fritz is wondering about, and The Reverend Emilie’s answer.


Emilie says:
Walking in the woods, by the rivers and lakes, by the ocean, in the mountains, all of these things return us to health and to right relationship with the Holy One Creator of Heaven and Earth. Walking is a holy activity, and reminds us of our ancestors, who were wanderers, and of Jesus, who walked all over Judea,
Samaria and Galilee, preaching, teaching, healing and inviting. And God is everywhere present, in all things, above all things, and below all things. God created the whole world, and God saw that it was Good.

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But we humans at least, need more than just the restoration and healing that happens in these holy and wilder places. Because we have continually wandered away from God’s love, and we forget who we are, we need to gather, regularly, and to help one another remember. Church is not a place that is holier than any other, just because – but when we humans decide to gather and we struggle to choose a place to be together, when we serve one another in holy ways, when we prepare the table, and baptize the old and the young, when we make deep promises to one another, and when we gather to remember those of us who have died, we create special places. But then, church isn’t really the building where the
faithful gather, but rather, the gathered faithful.

Church buildings come and go, they are beautiful and we love them, they hold the holy for us. But it is the act of gathering that matters. Together, we humans at least, can nourish one another, with sacred story, with the symbols of human hands, made into God’s love, bread and wine, and with holy water at our font, where we are washed in baptism and are restored to life, united with God.

You dogs need love and food, water, woods, and sticks. You are welcome to come to church, if you can behave. You are welcome especially when we celebrate our animal blessing on St. Francis Day. But any day, you can bring your humans to church, to have them restored, and ready to go out with you, barking into the new world.

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Emilie’s Answer:
We really aren’t sure. But this we know:

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As the nights grow longer, and the days grow colder, some humans feel a little sad and anxious. Leaves have fallen from the trees, the branches are bare, and point empty towards the sky. Life has gone dormant, underground. Our ancestors marked this time by coming together to nourish and support one another during the bleak midwinter. Across the centuries and around the world humans have gathered to lighten one another’s hearts. Many traditions celebrate light, and they choose the darkening time of year for their festivities: Hanukah (Jewish), Kwanzaa (African American), Diwali (Hindi, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain), St. Lucia’s Day (Christians from Sweden) are some of these. So, no one knows exactly when Jesus was born, but the details don’t really matter. Christmas is a time for gathering together, of the whole human family, to kindle the fires of friendship and love. The lights on our houses and trees and in our windows, are to lighten our way towards the mystery that is the coming of God, the thundering creator of heaven and earth, into our troubled human world.

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Emilie’s Answer:

From the Gospel According to Mark (12.38-44). 

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Many rich people put in large sums.  A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.  For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.

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