ORDINARY TIME: SUNDAY 22 [B] — Loving God’s Commandment, Caring for Creation—Faith Lived and Prayed

MARK 7, 1 – 8. 14 – 15. 21 – 23   

1  The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round him, …

5  So the Pharisees and scribes asked him …  

6  He answered, ‘How rightly Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites in the passage of scripture: This people honors me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me.

7  Their reverence of me is worthless; the lessons they teach are nothing but human commandments.

8  You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions. ‘ …

New Jerusalem Bible

Doubleday 1984

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FAITH LIVED 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Jesus in the gospel (G) tells us to put first things first by prioritising God’s love commandment.  This one love has a triple foci directed to God, the other — which includes the earth and the rest of God’s creation, and ourselves.

Hearing and doing this Word as St James exhorts us (2) calls us to heed what God creates and loves over our concerns for human laws and traditions.  God’s concern for creation demands of humans an awakening consciousness and quickened action to the drastic situation of climate change, as a contemporary sign of our times.

UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCES

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The current UN Climate Change Conference held 31 August – 4 September in Bonn, Germany, is to initiate negotiations for a “crunch conference” in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.  

 

United Nations Climate Change Conference

United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 195 countries taking part in the later conference are expected to sign a new global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions effective 2020 when current emissions commitments run out.

The reduction of emissions is the heart of humanity’s response to climate change.  Governments bound by the Kyoto Protocol in 2010 agreed to reduce emissions such that global temperature increases are limited to below 2 degrees Celsius.  

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78 % of global citizens feel very concerned about the impacts of #climatechange http://bit.ly/1KyvINb #COP21

 

A second commitment — following a former one starting 2008 — began 2013 and will end in 2020.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/02/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-paris-climate-summit-and-un-talks

1 SEPTEMBER AS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CARE OF CREATION

Pope Francis designates 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, in union with Orthodox Christians. The goal and significance of this priority comprise:

Pope Francis Inaugurates World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation Art Source: en.abouna.org

Pope Francis Designates 1 September World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Art Source: en.abouna.org 

  •  
  • give individuals and communities an opportunity to “reaffirm their personal vocation to
    • be stewards of creation
    • thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care
    • implore God’s help for the protection of creation and 
    • ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live.”
  • Christians contribute in a special way to safeguard creation by
    • rediscovering the spiritual foundations of their approach to earthly realities
    • beginning with an acknowledgment that “the life of the spirit” is
      • “not dissociated from the body or from nature”
      • but lived in communion with all worldly realities.
  • The ecological crisis is a summons to 
    • “a profound spiritual conversion” and 
    • a way of life that clearly shows they are believers.
  • “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork”
    • is essential to a life of virtue and
    • “not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience
  • becomes a sign of commitment of all Christians
    • to work together
    • to safeguard creation “in order
    • to be more credible and effective”
Art Source: drvc-faith.org

Art Source: drvc-faith.org

  • invoke upon this initiative the intercession of
    • Mary, mother of God, and
    • St Francis of Assisi
      • whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of goodwill to
        • live in praise of the Creator and
        • with respect for creation

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150806_lettera-giornata-cura-creato.html

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/pope-designates-sept-1-as-world-day-of-prayer-for-care-of-creation.cfm

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Canticle of the Sun

Marty Haugen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H_YXfHXT0I

Canticle of the Sun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDm9IMMXYio

Faithful Choices

 

 

FAITH PRAYED

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FAITH CONVERTED

In designating the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation Pope Francis states:

“The ecological crisis is a summons to
a profound spiritual conversion.”

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With the Pope, the Church, and the global society

what steps could I take to live this ecological conversion

as a way of life to show more clearly that I believe

in God and God’s goodness in creation?

 

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