Gen 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16
Think of a time in your life when you believe you were the most connected to nature, to creation. When you were the most attentive to things in the natural world.
For many of us, it was probably when we were children. Insects were interesting. Trees and leaves and birds. The sky. The seasons. So many things were new and amazing.
Then, we got older. We lost our interest in these simple wonders. Worse yet, we exploited that same creation.
Today is an opportunity and an invitation to return to the harmony God has designed for all creation. In the beginning, in the book of Genesis and the story of creation, we are called into a web of relationship: God, humans, creatures, and creation.
The feast of St. Francis of Assisi tomorrow reminds us of the incredible life we can live when we are in relationship with everything and everyone around us: sun, moon, creatures, people and God.
Pope Francis is faithful to his name and this legacy when he wants everyone to live an “integral ecology.”
When life gets complicated with lawyers and technical questions, as it does in the Gospel today, this is not a sign of progress. Today, instead, in the Gospel, Jesus asks his accusers to return to the original plan of God, the original blessing, the original companionship of all creation in the reign of God.