SEASON OF CREATION -- A HOME FOR ALL? -- WEEK 1
This year’s logo for the Season of Creation is Abraham’s tent, signifying our commitment to safeguard a place for all who share our common home. In the Scripture, Genesis 18, Abraham and his wife Sarah welcomed three strangers into their tent to dine with them. We are encouraged to consider this tent as a sign of hospitality:
- where all are welcomed without exception!
- where we are one family of God, praying and sharing together!
- where we can take action to make our home both welcoming, safe and life-giving for all on our planet Earth!
What better way is there to welcome this new Season than by coming together in the large white tent between the Church and School, for our annual Outdoor Mass and Barbeque!
“Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, all are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!”
Tents are very handy! They are lightweight, and can be set up anywhere; they allow us to be outside, stay in the midst of the beauties of nature yet be protected and zipped-up inside. A good campground has a friendly atmosphere. There is a feeling of neighborliness. Folks help out if you are in need. There’s Nickerson State Park at Cape Cod or Acadia Nat’l Park in Maine, to name a few. You probably have your own favorites!
Yet too, we have seen folks having to flee homes because of fires, floods, landslides and tornadoes. So many natural disasters have crossed our TV screen weekly, even daily, in the last few years. How many people are living in tents because homes have been devastated? How many “refugees or misplaced people” the new poor, are living in tent cities because of industrial injustices, deforestation or fracking, inconsistent immigration policies, loss of jobs? If we doubted climate change in 2001, it is a reality hard to reasonably question in 2021. We can feel all this is TOO MUCH. Yet with God’s help, there is so much we can do. God wants us, invites us, calls us to care for creation.
Each person’s prayer and each person’s action however small are necessary. “The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action.” (Laudato Si).
Together with God’s help, it is time to discern a better way forward. This month let us pray together and see what we can do individually and as a parish faith group to truly make our beautiful planet Earth, a home for ALL. (Below are some short videos and songs that you may find reflective.)
A short video about the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah and their welcoming attitude, inviting any passersby into their tent for dinner…
Song, “Sacred Creation” by Rufino Zaragoza, OFM
If we want to protect our planet, here is what we have to do (National Geographic)
“A Wonderful World” Song