Meditation – 23rd September 2018

The Deep End – How to welcome the child
In today’s gospel Jesus is presented as the courageous
leader, instructing those who will follow on from him and
carry on his work for future generations. He sat down,
called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be
first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a
little child and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such
child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes
me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ This
September we are celebrating the Season of Creation.
Pope Francis challenges us to reflect: ‘What kind of world
do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children
who are now growing up?’ (Laudato Si’, 160). In the
context of today’s gospel we might ask: how are we
welcoming generations to come? Pope Francis urges us to
remember that the goods of the earth are not meant to be
exploited and states, ‘Doomsday predictions can no longer
be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to
coming generations debris, desolation and filth.’ During
this creation time let us reconnect once more with nature
and restore our relationship with the environment. As
parish communities we must play our part in ensuring that
our world is liveable for generations to come.
‘Climate change is a global problem
with grave implications: environmental,
social, economic, political and for the
distribution of goods. It represents one
of the principal challenges facing
humanity in our day.’
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 3,23
Jane Mellett