Meditation – 29th September 2019

The Deep End – The Rich Man and Lazarus
The Rich Man and Lazarus is a powerful story reminding us
that we are called to live our faith in our daily lives through
generosity towards the poor and in working towards justice in
our world. We do this in a variety of ways and we can see the
goodness around us in those who are living examples of the
Christian message. We are now called to listen urgently to the
cry of the earth and to reflect on the injustices caused by the
climate crisis. Millions of people are suffering worldwide
through drought, sea-level rise and a breakdown of the earth’s
ecological systems.
Joanna Sustento lives in Tacloban city, Philippines. On
the 8th of November 2013 she lost her parents, her brother, her
sister-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the storm surge of
Typhoon Haiyan. This storm was the largest to make landfall
in recorded history, with wind speeds of up to 300km per hour.
10,000 people perished in two hours. Joanna’s story is one of
thousands. The strength of Typhoon Haiyan is attributed to
climate change. It is an injustice that those who have done the
least to cause this problem are on the frontline. The
governments of the world must act. They will only do so if the
public demand it. We have a responsibility to ensure they do
so. We are at a crossroads as a global community and we have
the solutions. Let us go forward together to a more sustainable
future and listen to the cry of the poor.
“Christians need an ‘ecological conversion’,
whereby the effects of their encounter with
Jesus Christ become evident in their
relationship with the world around them.
Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s
handiwork is essential to a life of virtue;
it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of
Our Christian experience.’ (Laudato Si’, 217)

Jane Mellett