Creation is not just sacred, but ongoing, something that God is creating each moment. Br. Nicholas Bartoli ponders along with the words of his favorite hymn, how we are still in Eden, where God is still at work creating. All ground is holy ground.
Transcript: This week we’re looking at the fifth Mark of Mission, striving to safeguard the integrity of creation. And one thing that I find really important here is looking at our motivation to safeguard the integrity of creation.
You know we could talk a lot about biodiversity, saving habitats for certain species; we could talk about pollution; we could talk about a lot of things. But for me, the most important way that I feel motivated to protect the integrity of creation, is remembering that all of creation is sacred.
One of my favorite hymns that we often sing during morning prayer is Morning Has Broken, Hymn number eight in the hymnal. And I think I like it so much because it really powerfully speaks to this idea of creation being sacred. And not only as sacred, but as something that God is creating in each moment that creation is sort of ongoing. And in a way, God’s participation here and now in each moment is Eden, and that we never really left Eden. We just have somehow fallen asleep, and each moment could be a good morning, a morning where we awake to find that yes, we’re still in Eden, and creation is so infinitely precious and beautiful, but it deserves protecting. It’s a way of recognizing that all ground is holy ground, and so of course, it needs to be protected not because of anything it can give us, but simply because it’s been created by God, and we share it, and we cultivate it.
So we might ask ourselves, “When was the last time we can recall when we recognized creation as sacred?” And having recognized it as such, is there a way we can foster that sense of awareness of creation being sacred, even all the time, in every moment, so we can help foster this sense of desiring to preserve it, and nurture it, and protect it?
– Br. Nicholas Bartoli
Question: When did you last recognize creation as “sacred”? How can we foster that sense of awareness?
Nurturing a healthy relationship with Creation takes time and intention. This week, schedule a few “dates” with Creation, finding a favorite spot in nature to return to each day. Nurture your relationship with Creation by offering thanks, being present, listening, protecting, and praying in this spot.