Creation Time

What is Creation Time?
Pope Francis issued a profound prayer intention that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner. He prays that today, not tomorrow, we will take care of Creation. Pope Francis’ leadership on the climate emergency and on the coronavirus has been unmatched. But he can’t do it alone. It’s time for the global Catholic community to rally behind his message.
If you haven't had a chance to have a look at the video and words about Creation Time, please do so as it is very interesting and a good place to start when thinking about prayer around Creation and our relationship with Creation, our Environment and God.
During this period each year we remember the gift of Creation and our relation to it. God made us stewards of the earth, this is something all of us try to live out in our daily lives. This has come to the forefront of our news over the past few years due to some incredible activists, such as Greta Thunberg.

As environmentalists, we might think about how to improve the state of our planet .This is important but not our starting point.

 

As Christians, we start with Christ. He is our redeemer, whose saving grace included releasing creation from it's decay and bondage. God created the world complete, but in a state of journeying. God’s plan was from the beginning that Christ’s redemption was to bring us to eternal life and glory and also to bring creation to its final perfection. Thomas Keating writes:

 

‘Christ who disappeared in his Ascension, not into some geographical location, but into the heart of all creation to infuse all of creation with the grace of his redemption.' 

 

 Redemption is personal, individual and cosmic. We cannot limit it to just our own souls. Humans have held the view that we were to use, even exploit the created world because we were at the top, we were in charge. We are now aware of how destructive this is. Pope Francis reminds us of this error and calls us to care for the earth as if it was a person and to be aware of the impact of our decisions on the earth and to carefully use its resources. 

 

How do we live out Creation time?

We need knowledge, conversion and action.  For action to be wise and sustainable it needs a good foundation. We need some understanding of the causes of climate change and the effects it has on the poorest. It is the Mother of all injustices causing flooding and food shortages. It creates climatic refugees.

We also need to be aware of our carbon footprint. We then need to pray as to the small steps we can each take. The Buddhists say change is suffering; to change  always goes against the grain but God makes attractive what we at first find unattractive.

So prayer is necessary and what Pope Francis calls an ecological conversion. Of course it is a cyclic process. 

 

The actions can be:

 

              ·        Having Green energy

              ·        A meat free day or 2

              ·        Reduced car use/ more walking and cycling

              ·        Thinking about reducing what we use, what we consume and where we travel to

              ·        Fair-trade

 

These are few ideas. Making a start and keeping up small actions are what counts.