“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind.”

John 1:3-4

Thursday, 3 September 2020

John 1:3-4

“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”

(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 84)

What lessons can we derive from the Season of Creation (1 September to 4 October)?

God created everything. Nothing is possible without him.

On the one hand, we have the beauty and splendour of the natural world. Nothing beats spending time in a natural environment: A game reserve, on the beach, or near the mountains. On the other side, we have the challenges of environmental degradation and a climate change crisis. The sight of smoke spilling from industry or litter strewn along our streets is part of our lives. With all this, it’s difficult not to feel slightly bipolar.

Perhaps the key lesson is that our gratitude for the gifts bestowed on us by our common home, impel us to seek to give back by looking after these gifts appropriately. So that we and all generations to come can benefit from these gifts – primarily the gift of life.

How am I going to use the Season of Creation to increase my appreciation of and gratitude for creation? In what ways am I a good steward of this gift?

If we truly appreciate the magnificence of the universe – then we are filled with the love and light of the one who created us – God.

Loving Creator,

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

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

Dr Martin van Nierop
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