Our earth seems to be taking a collective sigh as we spend less time in our cars and more time outside, with greater sense of appreciation for our common home. Over the past few weeks we have been reminded of the beauty of God’s gift of creation as we have been forced to change our daily routines and slow down. We are more mindful that we are stewards of this great planet and of each other. Let us take this Earth Day and give thanks and praise to God for His generous gift and re-affirm our commitment to renew our relationship with one another, creation and our loving Father.
Five years ago, Pope Francis shared with the world his encyclical Laduato Si on the care of our common home. In this encyclical, Pope Francis reminded us we are all connected and responsible for our planet. He invited us to join the “conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato Si, 13) We invite you to take a moment today, give thanks and reflect upon the magnitude of the world God created for us. Read Genesis 1:1-31, then take time to appreciate the darkness and light, the moon and stars, the creatures of the air, sea and ground, the plants and trees and perhaps most importantly, our fellow man. Look around with the eyes of God and acknowledge that what “God saw was good, and God blessed them.” (Gen. 1:21-22a).