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The second reading today reminds us that as Christians we are called to put our faith into practice; every generous action is a gift from God. St James speaks of the word that is planted within each of us and through that word we are sent out to work together for a more just world. From 1 September until the Feast of St Francis on 4 October Christian churches are encouraged to celebrate the Season of Creation. This is an annual celebration of prayer and action inviting us to think more deeply about what is happening at present to the Earth and the environmental destruction which threatens our world. The theme this year is ‘Walking Together’. As pilgrims, let us walk together to awaken again to the wonder of the Earth, our common home, and the web of life which it shelters.
In the gospel Jesus tells the Pharisees that it is what comes out of a person that defines a person, emphasising how through our actions we show what is in our heart. Let us encourage one another during this Season of Creation by praying with and for creation; encouraging small actions in our homes and parishes to try to live more sustainable lives.
‘God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitude of created things. From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe … Alongside revelation in sacred Scripture, there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night’.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 85