Topic: "Frodo and Jesus"
Frodo remembers a day last year this time when he went to the funeral of a young man he never knew. Frodo had seen the obituary in the newspaper and noted that the public was invited. The church was very near the Shire.
PFC Jesus Fonseca, age 19, had been felled by a sniper. His body was being escorted from Iraq to the Shire, and then on to his familial home in Mexico. There were a lot of non-Hispanic citizens of Middle Earth in the church. Frodo wondered if it was important to any that some of their fellow mourners might have entered the Shire illegally?
He was just a baby. The waxen appearance of such a small body was almost too much for Frodo to bear. From the bier Frodo turned to the family and touched his heart and his lips as he had seen Sammy Sosa do so many times. It was the only thing he could think to do or to say.
Frodo has not forgotten the sacrifice of that young life, and today he thought once more about what meaning to ascribe to Jesus. Perhaps the most important aspect is that Frodo hasn't forgotten that he has attended one more funeral of an American serviceman than has George W. Bush.
Dear reader, take a moment and pause with Frodo to remember a baby named Jesus Fonseca. Let us all share in the hope that the killing will end before we stand in silence, again, next year.