“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created.”

Psalm 148:5

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Psalm 148:3-6

“At the same time, Bartholomew has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems, which require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms.”

(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 9)

While yesterday (1 September) was a day of prayer for creation, the month of September (until the feast of St Francis Assisi – on 4 October), is the “Season of Creation”.

This is a time for us to reconnect to our mother earth, all she contains and beyond. It is a time for us to be grateful for all the gifts our natural world offers us. It is time to realise that we are a part of this magnificent universe.

It is also a time for us to consider the darker side of what is happening to the environment. Pope Francis, together with his predecessors and other religious leaders, like Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, argue that environmental issues cannot be dealt with in isolation, or from one approach only. When the social and cultural issues are tackled together with the environmental issues, then we will be able to make headway towards coming up with sustainable solutions.

We now have five weeks to marvel at the breathtaking splendour of creation, from the smallest microbe to the vastness of the universe – all created by God. Take some time every day during this Season of Creation to look at one aspect of nature or one creature. Spend a few moments truly ‘looking’ at it— marvel at its intricacy and beauty.

Surely then, we will come out of the Season of Creation filled with love for creation and the Creator. And with this love, we can work towards social, cultural and environmental changes that will make our world a better place.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

From: "A prayer for our earth" (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’)

Dr Martin van Nierop
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