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10 Sep 2021

Thoughts for the Season of Creation 2021

Theme: A Home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.

Extract from a letter from the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development: 
United round this year’s theme ‘A Home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.’  The global Christian family will participate in initiatives of prayer, sustainability and advocacy to care for our common home. This year’s symbol. Abraham’s tent’ expresses our ecumenical call to radical hospitality, safeguarding a place for all creatures, human and non- human, in the household (oikos) of God. For more information https://seasonofcreation.org

There is so much to be done, and the time is so short. We can proceed, of course, out of grim and angry desperation. But the tasks proceed more easily and productively with a measure of thankfulness for life; it links us to our deeper powers and lets us rest in them.

We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe — to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it — is a wonder beyond words. It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to make choices. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world.

Joanna Macy

Prayer for the Season of Creation 2021

Creator of All,

We are grateful that from your communion of love
you created our planet to be a home for all.
By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth
a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water and air.
Each part of creation praises you in their being,
and cares for one another from our place in the web of life.

With the Psalmist, we sing your praise that in your house
“even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young.”
We remember that you call human beings
to keep your garden in ways that honour the dignity
of each creature and conserve their place in the abundance of life on Earth.

But we know that our will to power pushes the planet beyond her limits.
Our consumption is out of harmony and rhythm
with Earth’s capacity to heal herself.
Habitats are left barren or lost. Species are lost and systems fail.
Where reefs and burrows, mountaintops and ocean deeps
once teemed with life and relationships, wet and dry deserts lie empty,as if uncreated.

Human families are displaced by insecurity
and conflict, migrating in search of peace.
Animals flee fires, deforestation and famine, wandering
in search of a new place to find a home to lay their young and live.

In this Season of Creation, we pray that the breath of your creative Word
would move our hearts, as in the waters of our birth and baptism.
Give us faith to follow Christ to our just place in the beloved community.

Enlighten us with the grace to respond to your covenant
and call to care for our common home.
In our tilling and keeping, gladden our hearts to know
that we participate with your Holy Spirit to renew the face of your Earth,
and safeguard a home for all. In the name of the One
who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ.

Amen

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