Go into the whole world

Today’s Gospel from St. Mark states, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” That’s a tall order. That’s every creature not just every man or woman. How do I proclaim the Gospel to every creature? This means to me that the incarnational presence of Christ and the Gospel is for every living thing. Christ is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is the firstborn of all creation.

St. Francis saw all of creation as interdependent. Francis referred to Brother Fire and Sister Water in his writings. Can we expand this to Brother Climate or Sister Petroleum? How can we be good stewards of all creation? Is this what today’s Gospel is saying to me today? How do we live in relationship to all that surrounds us?

There is a lot of concern about fuel prices in the United States today. What is fair? Are we exploiting resources? Are we exploiting our brothers and sisters? How is it that one country consumes 80% of the world’s resources? Is that gospel living? Can we live more simply so that others can simply live? Peace.

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