The third week of Season of Creation reflects on the goodness and bounty of Mother Earth calling us to treasure the fruits, flowers and earth herself. The reflection begins with the words of Laudato Si’ and reminds us to remember we are of earth.
Laudato Si: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”….the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22).We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” (Laudato Si 1-2)
Reflection: How does my lifestyle reveal our connection to creation and the gratitude, celebration and care for creation invited by St. Francis of Assisi and Laudato Si ?
Action: Our connection with Earth is celebrated in the ancient tradition of Ember Days occurring four times a year at the change of each season. This year the Fall Ember Days occur on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week, the week following the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts of creation as well as prayer for moderation in the use of these gifts are included in these days. Generous sharing of the harvest to assist those in need is part of the ancient Ember Day tradition.
Prepare a Center Piece for your table made from flowers and other gifts of the harvest. Collect gifts of the harvest and deliver them directly to someone you know who is in need or to a local food pantry.
Prayer: God of Creation, we give you thanks for the gift of Earth, her fertile soil, life giving water and the warmth of the sun that together have birthed and brought forth the gifts of this year’s abundant harvest. We pray in gratitude for the work of the farmers who have tilled and cared for the land, planted the seeds and tended and gathered the harvest.
May these gifts of Earth and work of human hands be treasured by those who receive the harvest and shared generously with those who hunger. This we ask in the name of Christ, our life. Amen.