October 15, 2014 | 03:15 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

Animals are our Teachers

Have you ever read Scripture from the perspective of the animals? Have you ever wondered how many times an animal is the main character in a story in Scripture? It’s quite interesting to read Scripture highlighting animals. For instance, the first mention of animals is in Genesis 1:20 “And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let the birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.'” Job 35:11a is a particularly fitting verse as we head into The Blessing of the Animals this Sunday “Who teaches us more than the animals of the earth?” Anyone who has had a pet knows how much humankind learns from their animal friends!  In John 12:14 we see a donkey taking a large supporting character role as the donkey carries Jesus into Jerusalem. There are over 120 animal species named in the Bible from peacocks to mules to lions and gnats. Animals are important to God! Animals are important to us at West End Collegiate Church. The tradition of blessing animals dates back to Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) who was known for having a special communion with animals. It is said that Francis would preach to the birds and after preaching he would make the sign of the cross to bless them. This is a joyous day of worship this Sunday and I hope to see you there. Consider joining us for Adult Education at 10:00 a.m. as we look more closely at Scripture from the perspective of animals before worship!