Today’s passage comes from Psalm 104 that describes how God cares for His creation. Following the creation narrative in Genesis 1, the psalmist reminds us of God speaking light into existence, fashioning the waters, and producing every living thing. Creation reflects the glory of a perfect Creator.
Since the pandemic started, I appreciate nature with more fervor than ever before. As I quarantined at home over the last year, I savored opportunities to go out for long walks with my family. Every evening, we would observe the blooming flowers and the singing birds. Sometimes we stopped simply to look into the great big sky or gaze at the glow of the moon. Every time, I was awestruck by the wonder of my Father’s world.
While many of us had similar experiences as we stayed at home last year, it seemed like wildlife was returning to its rightful home. In Venice, the famous canals saw clearer water and an influx of sea creatures. Across the world, many countries saw a shift in migratory patterns and animal movement. Pollution decreased. The air seemed cleaner. Something had changed.
I wonder if this is a reminder of what our lives could look like if we were diligent in our stewardship of the earth. For as beautiful as the story of creation is, let us not forget the powerful responsibility God entrusted to Adam: “…rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen 1:28). In giving us “rule” over the earth, God does not call us to recklessly consume natural resources for our convenience. Rather, He equips us with the wisdom and compassion to care for His creation, much like He cares for us. And as with all things, the Church is called to be an example of responsible stewardship. Let the world know that we are Christians by our love for our neighbor, and also by our love for the earth the Lord has made.