“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”

Matthew 10:29

Friday, 4 September 2020

Matthew 10:29

“God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward.”

(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 245)

There is so much going on in the environmental arena to get us down: oil spills, climate change, oceanic plastic pollution, diminishing air quality, extinction of species, the list goes on.

Laudato Si’, the encyclical letter that Pope Francis wrote in 2015 is filled with not only with issues about the environment but also the associated human ills of inequality, discrimination and consumerism.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the ills that face our world today.

But then, we are lifted by the words from the Gospel of Matthew. Everything, including the seemingly insignificant sparrow, is cared for, loved by the Creator. There is an underlying hope that we can get through this to something better.

Pope Francis echoes this at the end of Laudato Si’. Yes, God expects us to care for the environment and the people in it. But not without sending love and the means to accomplish this.

The Season of Creation is about rediscovering God’s love for us so that we, in turn, can channel this love through to all of creation. The Season of Creation is a season of hope and a call to galvanise action. Together, we can care for our common home.

God of love,

Show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. Praise be to you!

Amen.
From: “A Christian prayer in union with creation” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)

 
Dr Martin van Nierop
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