Taking Responsibility for our Common Home

Jan 16, 2020

Bruce explained, “The Israelites, God’s people, fought many wars after entering the promised land.  They believed that God approved and was always on their side, but they learned a hard lesson.   When the Philistines beat them they thought that bringing, the Ark of the Covenant,  their most sacred possession, symbolic of God’s presence with them, onto the battlefield, this would help them.  The Philistines were intimidated by this but plucked up their courage, fought harder, won the battle and captured the Ark.  The Israelites were shattered and scattered.  Today Jews still consider the Ark of the Covenant as most sacred directing their lives.”  Bruce asked the group, “what is the lesson for us today in this?  Is making half-baked, short-sighted plans to combat climate change using only our technological resources the correct and wisest answer?   Should not a more general, more holistic response be looked for?  “At the same time there are many ways in our families in which we can adapt our own lifestyles like recycling, saving energy and learning more about our carbon footprint.

When the Philistines saw that the Ark was with the Israelites they were afraid of the Israelite gods. But they took courage and fought and defeated Israel with great slaughter of 30 000 foot soldiers. And the ark of God was captured.   1 Sam 4:1-11.

Pope Francis.  Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.  Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be as he desired and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness. The new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm our politics and our freedom and justice. LS 53

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