Today on International Mother Earth Day, Rachel McCarthy from the CAFOD Theology Programme reflects on listening to creation. This is the third of a series of blogs ahead of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human development and ecology, expected to be published this summer.
“The cry of the poor and the cry of the earth are one.”
(Canadian Bishops Conference, 2003)
We are called to open our hearts and hear what creation is saying to us.
But what does it mean to truly listen to our sisters and brothers across the world, and to the earth?
Listening to God’s creation
The call to listen to creation is grounded in our belief that all of the earth reflects God’s glory.
Scripture reveals the inherent goodness of creation as made by God. Jesus talked to his disciples about the natural beauty of
the flowers in the fields, and said, “Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28-30).
All living beings are made by God, and we have a deep connection with the whole of creation. Indeed, God establishes an everlasting covenant with all creatures on earth (Genesis 9:16).
Humankind, as created in the image of God, is simultaneously interconnected with all creatures and is given a special role to care for creation.
Inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of ecology, we remember that we are all members of the eco-family. We are called to praise the Creator God together with our ‘Brother Sun’ and ‘Sisters moon and stars’.