Happy Earth Day!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son . . .”
The gospel from Today’s readings shares the most quoted bible verse of all time. John 3:16. What’s interesting is something that Fr. Ed shared this morning. It isn’t translated as “For God so loved man“; It’s “For God so loved the world“.
“One could not pluck a flower without troubling a star.” – Loren Eiseley
Loren was a man born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1907 who understood what it meant to live. That the secret to life is living. Only by flailing headlong into life can one even begin to understand it. We really don’t even know what we need until we have needed it, or know what we’ve had until it’s gone. Loren’s books reflect this mentallity and the fact that he’s most widely known as a naturalist writer is ironic at best since his grasp for the love of his world so closely reflects God’s love for the same world.
God loves us. There is no doubt. But His Creation was here first. We were made in His image to enjoy it – To love it as he loved it. Let’s take some time to be a better steward of His masterpiece.