Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 20 December
"The Lord’s is the earth in all its fullness, the world and all its peoples."
The earth does not belong to us. It is God’s creation, gifted to us. We are temporary residents holding it in trust for future generations.
Yet we have taken more than we need. We have filled our seas with plastic, set fire to the Amazon and released harmful gases into our atmosphere.
As Pope Francis says in his encyclical Laudato Sí: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” (#21)
This reverses so much of the work that we do to fight poverty. It makes it harder for people to survive. Climate change affects our health, our homes and our beautiful landscapes.
And so, Pope Francis calls us all to join the conversation, and to do what we can to make a difference.
“We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (Laudato Sí, #14)
At this time of year, it is easy to be caught up in the rush of preparations. We forget to make time to notice all the wonderful things worth saving from destruction in the world around us – a world that reflects the glory of God.
This year, let’s try to slow down. To recognise the glorious gift that we have been given. Let us do what we can to protect and restore our common home, the earth – God’s gift to us all.
Creator God, we thank you for the wonders of your creation. Move us to make a change, to restore the earth, our common home, so that all creatures may continue to sing your praise. Amen.
Join the conversation about climate change. Talk to your friends, family, neighbours about how you can respond to the climate crisis. Think about organising a Creation Celebration in your parish in the new year.