Respect

In 1997 pop group Michael Learns to Rock put out a song called “Animals”. Some of the words are as follows: ‘Animals, wild rivers and waterfalls, I can hear the planet call, show a little respect…In the name of progress everybody’s gone too far. In the name of money who do we think we are…’

In 2015 Pope Francis put out an Encyclical called Laudato Si – On Care For Our Common Home. One of the texts referred to in this Encyclical was today’s Second Reading from the Letter from St Paul to the Romans 8:18-23. It speaks about our lack of respect for the environment. Instead of being stewards of creation ‘we have felt entitled to plunder it at will’. (Laudato Si,2). We are taking more than what we need. In this passage St Paul speaks about creation groaning. It groans because it is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor (Laudato Si,2). This Encyclical wants to draw our attention to the fact that we have moved away from our vocation from being image bearers of our Lord and God to usurping God and making ourselves Lords and Masters of all creation. This choice is reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water and in the air and in all forms of life.

I believe this is the point that Jesus is making in the Gospel when he relates the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. He wants to draw us back to our true vocation of being image bearers of our Lord and God. This time when our world has been profoundly impacted by the Corona Virus -19 Pandemic has also given us an opportunity to push the reset button. What kind of world do we want to create? How open is our heart to receiving God’s word regarding this?  Will we allow the Word of God to sow a seed within us?

Today’s Parable about the Sower and the Seed reminds us that we are interconnected with all of God’s creation. The First Reading from the prophet Isaiah speaks about the people returning to Jerusalem to restore their land. The question is will we take steps to restore ours?