A Christian Hobbit

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time


I came to the realization today I am a Hobbit.

"All Hobbits were, in any case, clannish and reckoned up their relationships with great care. They drew long and elaborate family-trees with innumerable branches. In dealing with Hobbits it is important to remember who is related to whom, and in what degree. It would be impossible in this book to set out a family tree that included even the more important members of the more important families at the time which these tales tell of. The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull. Hobbits delighted in such things if they were accurate: They liked to have books filled with things they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions."- Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994) p. 7.
A Christian Hobbit
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Picture courtesy of Lord of the Rings.

The Jews have always seen their genealogical records as being very important, and have carefully kept elaborate family trees. Jesus family tree is listed in two of the gospels. I am one of the new breed of Christian Hobbits ......I qualify indeed as a Hobbit, in my spare time I am working on the World Tree (wikitree) where every person one day will have one single profile honouring their existence by being recorded on the tree. Any we miss or get wrong I am sure we can correct from the Lord’s “book of Life” one day. You see we are not the first to record the lives of everyone who ever existed in the world ....He has the Hardcopy, even in my Hobby (Hobbit) time I am doing something for God.....

For me it is a way of keeping the commandment to honour your parents – my problem being that I didn’t know who one of my parents actually was, so how do I honour them? Thanks to Ancestry DNA and a lot of Genealogy work I am finding my missing family. This leads me to what I think is a great truth, we need to know where we come from to really know ourselves.

In the past the only comfort for adoptee’s and abandoned children, was to know that ultimately we all come from God. We are His creation and His children and that fact gave me great comfort over the years. God was the only Father I ever knew. But God makes a promise in the Bible to we who I truly believe can class ourselves as orphans in a sense.

For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. - Luke 8:17

He is keeping that promise to us with Science as DNA reveals secrets hidden in the dark. Whether a good outcome or a bad one, I think it is better to know: -

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:32

I feel it is Divine Justice that we can find out because I believe for a multitude of reasons that we have a right to know, but it all happens in God’s Timing.