Wednesday is Earth Day…and yes, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, which might make it seem odd to pause and reflect on something different. However it seems very timely to raise this conversation.
I have tried really faithfully over the past couple of years to work to learn and become a better steward in caring for God’s creation, some days I knock it out of the park, and other days I struggle, but I think we all do.
Over the past couple of weeks, as I have walked around my neighborhood, and when going out to the store to see the abundance of trash. The overwhelming amount of disposable masks and gloves that I have seen just tossed on the ground has been somewhat saddening (and yes, even maddening as it seems no one cares anymore).
I wonder and simply ask as we journey through this week, what are you doing this week to care for God’s Creation? Send me your ideas and what you’re doing. How do you care for God’s creation? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know, I seriously would like to hear and then hopefully share them here on Friday (when I will also share some of my ideas).
In the meantime, here is a prayer that I share with you from Pope Francis Encyclical*
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
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. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
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. Amen.
May the peace of God be with you today and always.