The Burning Bush

You probably heard Greta Thunberg plead “Our House is On Fire” at the World Economic Forum in 2019. This simple, yet impactful metaphor, cuts the complexities of climate change to the core. 

“I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you…I will be with you” (Ex 3: 1-12)

The theme for this year’s Season of Creation 2022, which runs September 1 through October 3, is “Listen to the voice of creation.” We are encouraged to talk about the climate crisis, but many voices go unheard.

The Psalmist declares,

“The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge…their voice is not heard, yet their voice goes out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (19: 1-4)

Creation never ceases to proclaim, but do we listen?

The symbol chosen for this year is the burning bush, which contrasts with the fire of so many unnatural fires that aggravate the climate crisis. The sign of fire is the light of the Holy Spirit that unites Christians.

Working together, we can help take care of our common home.  

Suzanna Litwin

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