The Christian world recently celebrated the Season of Creation. Every year, from September 1 to October 4, we commemorate God’s creation out of His Divine goodness and love. This year’s theme is “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.”
Our common home has been suffering from crises due to humanity’s negligence of being good stewards of God’s creation. Thus, the call of the Church is to renew our relationship with the Creator through celebration, conversion, and commitment.
In Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato ‘Si, he urges us to convert ourselves by changing our ways ecologically, politically, socially, and economically for the good of our environment. Everyone around the world should make use of this time to renew our actions so that we could save and preserve our Earth, His creation.
As Maristas, we should open our eyes to see the beauty of God’s creation. As good Christians and virtuous citizens, we should uphold the integrity of creation by being wise in our actions and by thinking of solutions and ways to end the ecological crises that placed us and our common home at risk. Our little efforts, such as lessening our consumption of electricity and water in our households, will be small actions that have big changes if done collectively.
We, especially our world leaders, must heed to the call of our scientists to broaden our knowledge on the ill effects of our wrongdoings towards our Mother Earth. In effect, may there be relevant and long-term plans such as transitioning from non-renewable energy to more sustainable energy sources.
All should be responsible for God’s gift. If we fail to take care of our only common home because of our pride, ignorance, selfishness, and greed, then Earth will be uninhabitable for us and it may hinder future generations from living in harmony with the rest of creation.