Creator God, in the Incarnation of Your Son, You placed Your only begotten Son, our Savior, within a family Not just any family. But a family on the margins, a family who so easily was overlooked. A family from Nazareth who found no place in the inn, a family who had to flee oppression and murder squads. A family who was forced to flee in the middle of the night to Egypt.
Loving God, it was Your will that Your beloved son and our Savior Jesus chose the most humiliated and abandoned and from amongst them chose His closest associates and messengers.
Just as You, Lord Jesus, heard their voices of supplication and saw their plight, Help us to hear their voices of supplication and see their plight. Give us the grace of conversion. Give us the eyes to see and the ears to listen to families who are suffering from the result of climate change, those whose fields have turned to desert, those whose livelihoods have been threatened by heat, rising waters and hurricanes.
May Your Holy Spirit give us the courage and the grace to judge.
Help us to act and to act prophetically. Give us the words to accompany others in their ecological conversion. Help us to be instruments of Your peace, So that we may be Your hands and feet, in our world, in our countries, in our regions, in our communities, in our neighborhoods, and in ourselves. Build up and repair Your gift to us, knowing that we are a single family dwelling in a common home. For You are Emmanuel, God with us.
By Deacon Clayton Nickel, LSM spiritual consultant; Laudato Si’ Animator of Animators, Washington DC, United States of America.