Meditation – 27th May 2018 – The Deep End – Relational Beings

The Deep End – Relational Beings
Three years ago this week, Pope Francis issued his
encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for
Our Common Home. In it, he calls for action to halt the
destruction of the planet, arguing that preserving our
natural environment should be an essential part of the
Church’s mission. The word ‘creation’ has a broader
meaning than just nature or our world; it has to do with
God’s loving plan in which the earth itself and every
creature has value.
But why are we talking about the environment on
this, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity? Well, in Laudato
Si’, Pope Francis tells us that the Trinity is embedded in
all of creation. Just as God is a communion , every one of
God’s creatures is relational, and the world is a web of
relationships. ‘The Trinity has left its mark on all
creation,’ says Pope Francis. The implication of this is that
we are all connected, we all share a common home, and we
have a duty to protect and care for all that belongs to God.
We need to become more aware of how our lifestyles
affect both the earth and others, particularly those on the
margins of society, and to consider also whether our
actions are fair to future generations. Let us pray today,
with Pope Francis:
‘Triune Lord,
wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.’
Tríona Doherty