Monday, October 10, 2011

Creation 3 of 3


In our Gospel reading St John tells us that Jesus came so that the whole world might be saved through him ... the word we translate as 'world' is in Greek 'Kosmos' ... which means all of creation ... Jesus has come into the world so that all of creation might be saved ... we should not find that so strange an idea ... in Genesis, God creates through the power of his Word ... and in Jesus that Word has been made flesh, as St John tells us ... the Word that created everything has been made flesh to save everything ...

This, I think, ties into the idea of stewardship I spoke of earlier ... when God created us, he created us to be in relationship with him ... and part of that relationship was giving us this world to live in, to care for, to nurture, and protect ... and when that relationship with God was broken, our relationship with the rest of creation was broken also ...

and it is this broken relationship that allows us to see ourselves as somehow apart from nature ... to see ourselves as being above it, or outside it, to wound it or damage it in any way we like ... to destroy the habitat of other creatures without consequence ... to use up resources that can not be replaced with ferocious speed ... to pour every kind of filth and pollutant into the air, water, or earth with hardly a thought or hesitation ...

But Jesus came into the world to restore our relationship with God, to make it whole ... and in order to do that he also had to restore our relationship with all of creation ... with all the world ... with the 'kosmos' as St John puts it ...

Caring for the world we live in is not just the right thing to do because we live here, and need what it provides for our food and all our other needs ... and not just because other people live here whose lives are damaged by our lack of care ... and not only because we must protect it so that our children and their children and all the children to come will have a home that is filled with life and beauty and all the things they need ... and not only because it is the home of all life, plant and animal, who were also created by God, and who have just as much right to live out their lives here ... but because at a profoundly deep level we must live live out our lives in peace and harmony with our world if we are ever to come to understand what it means to lead the lives that God wants us to lead ... and created in his image to lead ...
Amen.

(part 3 of 3 reflections on the theme of creation given as part of a broadcast service on RTE One television 9 October 2011)

UPDATE: here's a link to RTE's 'Service On Sunday' in which the reflection above aired. The link is good for 21 days from date of original broadcast.

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