This is the reflection for the second week of the Season of Creation coming from Laudato Si’. Laudato Si: So, what [we] all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of [our] encounter with Jesus become evident in [our] relationship with the world around [us]. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. (#217) Various convictions of our faith…can help us enrich the meaning of this conversion. These include the awareness that each creature reflects something of God and has a message to convey to us, and the security that Christ has taken unto himself this material world and now, risen, is intimately present to each being…(#221) Mary…now cares with maternalaffection and pain for this wounded world…she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si‘: On Care for Our Common Home]
Reflection: As we consider the “feasts” of this week-Rosh Hashana (Birthday of the universe, day of remembrance); the Transformation of the Cross, Our Lady of Sorrows what meaning, or lesson, do they have for us and our conversion to care for Earth-our common Home? What in my/our life is in need of sorrow and of transformation now, for the sake of future generations.
Action: On first afternoon of Rosh Hashana it is customary to go to a body of water and ceremonially cast ones sins into the water. Go to a body of water with others and ceremonially cast your “sin(s)” against earth, and creation, into it. Choose one change you are willing to make as a sign of conversion and transformation, and invite others to join you in making it.
Prayer: God of unioning love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. Enlighten and transform us that we may avoid the sin of indifference; that we may serve the common good; and use our voice to speak out; and our actions to care for this earth which is our home. Those who are poor and the earth itself are crying out. Holy One help us to protect all life and work toward a future of justice, peace, unity, love and beauty. Amen.
[adapted from prayer, pg. 176 of Laudato Si’]