Joined to the incarnate Son, present in the Eucharist, the whole cosmos gives thanks to God. Indeed the Eucharist itself is an act of cosmic love. The Eucharist joins heaven and earth; it embraces and penetrates all creation…Thus, the Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation. Laudato Si’ §236
Once again, Lord, I have neither bread nor wine nor altar. I will raise myself beyond these symbols up to the pure majesty of the real itself. I, your priest, will make the whole earth my altar, and on it, I will offer you all the labors and the sufferings of the world. I will place on my paten Lord God all the harvest to be won from your renewal. Into my chalice, I shall pour all the sap which is to be pressed out this day from the earth’s fruits and from its sufferings. Teilhard de Chardin, Mass on the World
When sharing at the Eucharistic table, in a world of both excess and hunger, we are confronted with the greed and exploitation that allows such an unequal situation to continue. We are also confronted with the realization that basic to all human life,
well-being, and nourishment, is the well-being of the planet. Colette Cullinan, rsm
What connections do you make with Eucharist and Creation? What passages from Scripture come to mind as I reflect on these readings? What concrete action can I take today to demonstrate my commitment to care for our Common Home?
Prayer: Loving God, as RSHM, we recognize the interconnectedness of all creation, and want to proclaim “fullness of life for all” through our relationships with one another, all peoples, and our Earth. May we reveal your loving tenderness as we respond to the urgent cries of our beautiful, yet broken, Common Home. Amen.