As we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood we are called to remember that creation is good. This is the very place where we encounter God. Recently I have been reading a book called Braiding Sweet Grass. The author was teaching a group of students about nature and asked them if they loved nature. The college students enthusiastically shared that they did and started to very easily share the many reasons they loved being in nature. The teacher then proposed the question, do you believe the Earth loves you? At this point the students became shy. To put it in less personal terms, the professor then asked what kind of world would we have if we did believe the Earth loved us back. The students then began to share about how they believed we would treat the environment so much better. We could have a world without violence and war. I bring this up because it gets to the heart of the Eucharist; that we celebrate the recognition that all of creation is a gift and manifests God’s love to us. In the rectory back yard, our youth have planted a garden which shows us the miracle of the fruits the Earth gives us. I hope, as they work in it, it reveals to them that the Earth does love them back and that the garden of this creation is the very playground where we encounter the love of God. Think about it when we pray this prayer at the offering:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed Be God for ever.
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.