Faith, Fellowship and Food

September 4, 2019
Weekly Breakfast Club Mass, Student Reflection
Matthew ’20

This past summer I went on a run from my house late in the afternoon. When I turned onto Ashford Dunwoody from Mount Vernon Road, I looked to my right and saw the purple and orange sky along with the setting sun. The lofty clouds hovered around the buildings with a pink tint. It was one of those perfect moments that we just capture every once in a while.

I’m a bit of a transcendentalist. More than anywhere else, I can see God in the world around me. From any cloud that gets hit by the sun in just the right way, or in the slight movement of the branches on massive trees because of just a slight wind. But more than anything, I love the sublime. Stars in the night sky wherever the light pollution is not too bad or the vast extent of the Appalachian Mountains. It never fails to stir up something in me that tells me that there is something greater out there. And I am not the only one who can see the obvious connetion between our environment and God. In 2015, Pope Francis addressed his concerns for our lack of respect for the Earth God gave us in his encyclical Laudato Si’. He calls to action everyone to make small changes in our lives that would have a big effect on the health of our environment.

This is all an introduction to the start of The Season of Creation. It is a month-long period where we get a chance to participate and learn about God’s creation. As it says in the first reading today, “Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you.” We are called to grow. Grow in knowledge and wisdom. All month, Marist has planned events in preparation for The Season of Creation. All of which are aimed to teach and help push the theme of Love for God’s creation. I genuinely would love to see everyone take part in making the extra effort this season.

And for the next time you spot a colorful sky or a nice tree, I hope you can see a small bit of God there, too.

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