In the month of September, and concluding on the feast of St Francis on October 4, many people focus on the ‘season of creation’. For Christians, creation is not merely an academic discussion about evolution or not – it is now, much more, seen as an essential part of mission, in partnership with others who share concern for “our common home”.
This reflection is by Rev Steven Koski:
Caring for God’s holy and sacred earth is a spiritual practice. The environmental crisis is a spiritual crisis. We will not cherish or protect what we take for granted. We will not restore and renew what we do not revere. We will not save what we do not savor and regard as sacred.
The earth is not a commodity to be consumed by our greed and arrogance. The earth is a sacred community we share with all living things.
When people wanted to know more about God, Jesus told them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. We can learn as much about ourselves and God from one single wildflower as we can from a thousand books of theology on a shelf.
The essence of prayer is connection. Perhaps the best prayer for the care of creation is to step out into creation today and be reminded of our sacred connectedness with all living things. Perhaps the best way to heal and restore the earth is to be healed and restored by the earth.
John O’Donohue wrote, “When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence and mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves. The slowness and stillness gradually takes us over. Our breathing deepens and our hearts calm and our hungers relent. When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth. This invitation to friendship with nature does of course entail a willingness to be alone out there. Yet this aloneness is anything but lonely. Solitude gradually clarified the heart until a true tranquility is reached. The irony is that at the heart of that aloneness you feel intimately connected with the world. Indeed, the beauty of nature is often the wisest balm for it gently relieves and releases the caged mind.”
Be present to God’s sacred and holy earth, the sacred community we share with all living things.