SEASON OF CREATION by Nick Brodie
In today’s parable where a son said yes but did nothing, Jesus offers a striking indictment of empty lip-service. In our age, one of the Church’s most insistent calls has been for people to work for the protection of the vineyard of the earth. Speaking of climate change, deforestation and chemical pollution, Pope Saint John Paul II declared in 1990 “that the ecological crisis is a moral issue” and called on all people to “recognize their obligation to contribute to the restoration of a healthy environment.” In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI insisted that “technologically advanced societies can and must lower their domestic energy consumption”. In 2015 Pope Francis called on all of humanity “to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming” of the world’s climate which we are currently facing.
Successive Popes have therefore called us all to work for the protection of our planet and its people. But it is up to every Christian to ensure that these words are not just empty rhetoric.