REFLECTION FOR WEEK 2 SEASON OF CREATION
Our second ecological work of mercy which would also form our theme of reflection this week is to acknowledge our relationship with other creatures, both human and non-human.
This relationship is that of mutual dependence and complementarity wherein each creature
complements the other and benefits from the other. Art. 340 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle, and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other”. In this one Oikos (household) of God, to use the words of Pope Francis “all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion”. Acknowledgement of this communion with other creatures should naturally give us a sense of solidarity with them so much so that
we should be ready as St Paul says to rejoice with those who rejoice and be compassionate
towards those that are in pain. St James’ admonition that our Christian faith must go beyond empty words if it has to be authentic implies that we must take concrete actions to make our acknowledgement of this sublime universal communion practicable and felt especially by those who are in dire need of our attention. This is true for the refugees, those suffering from the
poverty created by unjust global economic policies, victims of environmental disasters, migrants turned back along our coasts and borders, as it is true for our forests and endangered plants and animal species. In a short or long run, the treatment we mete to one creature whether human or non-human, somehow affects us in one way or another. Working for the common good of all creatures is invariably working for our individual good. Fr Patrick.