The arrival of spring and the cusp of summer is more than yet another change of seasons. It’s a sign, a sure message that as far as the universe is concerned, the world is not coming to an end; at least, not any time soon.
Now that we haven’t been able to fully impose ourselves upon it, the earth has been healing itself, from blue skies in Mumbai, to jellyfish cruising the clean canals of Venice.
Everything is connected. We’re being held hostage by a virus because of an environmental catastrophe that hopscotched its way across the world. We think we can bend the world to our will through technology, military might, wealth and arrogance, but nature always begs to differ.
Yet a crisis of such scale contains within it a chance to change how we treat the planet.
According to a recent poll, 82 percent of Americans believe in God.
If that is the case, isn’t caring for the earth God created a moral issue?
Odeh Al-Jayyousi, a member of a U.N. Global Scientific Advisory Panel, contends that the world’s poorest bear the brunt of environmental abuse, and how we treat the earth is a direct expression of human ethics and values.
The Christian theologian Richard Rohr writes:
“We cannot jump over this world, or its woundedness, and still try to love God. We must love God through, in, with and even because of this world. ... We were made to love and trust this world, ‘to cultivate it and take care of it’, but for some sad reason we preferred to emphasize the statement earlier in Genesis, which seems to say that we should ‘dominate’ the earth.”
He further notes: “Although God ‘empties himself’ into creation, we humans have spent most of history creating systems to control and subdue that creation for our own purposes and profit, reversing the divine pattern.”
Admonishing against our angst over material goods, Jesus noted that the lilies of the field did not work or toil yet “Solomon in all his glory was not as arrayed as one of these,” adding that “If God so clothes the grass of the field that exists today and tomorrow is cast into the fire, how much more will he care for you?”
In winter, there’s always a moment when you think spring will never arrive. Then the lilies push their way through. Clawing through soil that appears to be dead, they remind us once again, that the future is not tethered to our fear and despair.
Day after day, through splendors and wonders we’ve grown to take for granted, the lilies of the field tell us that all is not lost, that the moment we happen to find ourselves in, is not larger than life itself.
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