Care for All Creation
Have you ever thought about the way the world functions? I have always enjoyed the part from the Lion King when Mufasa is teaching Simba about the way the world works as a circle of life, one animal eats the grass, another animal eats that animal, and then the animal dies and becomes a part of the earth, with the grass, a circle of life. The entire world is connected, each piece being essential for the well-being of one another. In the same way, when we talk about a life of faith, it is essential to remember the circle of life, all communities in the world, animals in danger of extinction, over consumption and destruction of natural resources, all as a part of God's creation and made with purpose within our world.
Today's Gospel states:'When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. "I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one' (John 17:1-11).
In today's Gospel we hear about the complete unity and oneness of God through the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As God is one and unique within these three 'persons' of the Trinity, so too are we to be unique and yet united in the world, bringing all creation to it's fullness by valuing every piece with purpose. This can be done by simply befriending someone who is in need, doing all you can to recycle, caring for creatures in need. We all have a duty to help sustain one another as well as the entire world, as part of our mission on earth. Take some time to ask God to help you be caring in the ecological crisis.
Today's prayer comes from 'praying nature' a prayer to care for the environment:
Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth and till it.
Help us to act now for the good of future generations
and all your creatures.
Help us to become instruments of a new creation,
founded on the covenant of your love.