Something to think and pray about this week
If the human is a major part of the problem within the ecological crisis, then the human must become also part of the solution. It is increasingly clear that the self-understanding of the human must change, but the relationship, or, more accurately, the lack of a recognition of the deep relationship between the human and the world of nature must also be remedied.
The unity of all things in Christ takes on new meaning because Laudato Si’ makes it clear that ‘all things’ includes other creatures. If all things are destined to be part of a new creation in Christ, then all things must be respected for their value in themselves and not just for utilitarian reasons. As Laudato Si’ says, ‘the ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us’ but in themselves as a valuable part of God’s good creation.
Excerpted from 'Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’ by Dermot A. Lane
(pp. 33, 103)