July 13

Reflection

 

The message of Jesus shows us that the dignity of the human race is not found in its ability to control and dominate the Earth, nor is it found in the marvels of technology. Rather, our dignity is found in our intimate loving relationships within and among ourselves and with the whole community of species.
Jesus in the New Universe Story

 

Prayer

Fill us with your spirit.

Action

Seriously consider what human behavior has done to other living creatures on this earth and to earth itself. Consider the message of dominance taught in our biblical explanation of creation. Consider the understanding of the universe and this planet when the book of Genesis was written from oral traditions (1450 BC to 1400 BC). Review what we now know from science in the 21st century. Why are we still acting this way? How should you change?

Suggested Reading

The kingdom of God never comes by watching for it.. You cannot say, “Look here it is,” or “There it is,” for the kingdom of God is inside you.
Luke 17:22

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Matthew 6:26

Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.
Pope Francis

Care for the earth  is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
USCCB

We believe that all is one and that our call is to an active inclusive love that seeks this union with God and the sacred community of life that includes all of creation – air, soil, water, plants, and animals.  We see ourselves in union with this community that we hold as the neighbor through whom God continues to be revealed.
Land Ethic Statement, Sisters of St, Joseph, Brentwood, NY

Human beings are the universe conscious of itself. Human beings are the ones who have the heart to feel compassion and the wisdom to do justice. Human beings alone have heard the call to live in relationship with the divine, to live in fidelity to the truth and to live in the service of love… Jesus’ call for us to become light to the world is not an empty invitation but a potent promise.
Judy Cannato

The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing–all of this [is] the integral community in which we live.
Thomas Berry

The reign of God is the presence of God unfolding in our lives and in our communities and churches and nations and in social groups calling us to change our lives and transform the whole of society.
Cletus Wessels, OP

Respect all living things, and never take what you cannot give back, or destroy what you cannot create.
Bryant McGill

Living creatures possess a moving soul and a certain spiritual superiority which in this respect make them similar to those who possess intellect (people) and they have the power of affecting their welfare and their food and they flee from pain and death.
Nahmanides

If Hitch were a person, he’d be Mother Teresa or Gandhi or someone who treated all living creatures with the respect they deserve. It’s depressing how my dog is a better human being than I am.
McCall Hoyle

Animals are not property or “things” but rather living organisms, subjects of a life, who are worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support.
Marc Bekoff

We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.
Thomas Berry

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