Reflecting on the Season of Creation, ‘a gift’

October 9, 2020

Mons. Domenico Sorrentino, the Bishop of Assisi

This scriptural reflection is featured in the October Laudato Si’ Monthly Resource, which can be found here. The document is a resource meant to help all of Global Catholic Climate Movement’s network.

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By Mons. Domenico Sorrentino

Bishop of Assisi

“Now let me sing of my friend, my beloved’s song about his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside . . .” (Isaiah 5, 1)

“We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us.” (LS 67)

The Season of Creation is a time to remember. It’s a time to regain our awareness of all that we are, that we have, and all that surrounds us. It is a gift.

Everything comes from an eternal love that is the womb of all things. There is no thing in the world that does not bear the handprints of the Creator. From our Creator, comes thanks and praise and amazement and love. Finally, the duty of care derives from our Creator.

We cannot believe that we are masters and that we do with creation what we want. We can certainly interact with creation, but always according to the “program,” that is, God’s original design.

The first page of Scripture leads us back to this origin. “In the beginning, God created heaven and Earth. Within that creative process all things emerged. Humans are at the top, but not the masters. There is a familiarity that binds us to the cosmos and which, in the final analysis, is connected to the paternity of God.

The Season of Creation is thus first of all a time of prayer, then a time of thought and discernment, and action. The stakes are great.

As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Laudato Si’ mi’ Signore cum tucte le Tue creature.” (“Be praised, my Lord, in all your creatures.”)

Reflection Questions

  1. Do I/we ever feel like we own God’s creation? In what ways?
  2. How is God calling me/us to be part of creation rather than to act as its owner?