Genesis 1:20-2:4 Reflection:
It is strange how over our lifetime issues that would have never been thought of by previous generations of Catholics are now centre stage. The most obvious issue of this sort is the whole culture of death and all that it includes.
Another one that is touched on in today’s first reading, is the whole question of the environment and our interaction with the planet. The reading makes it plain that we are the stewards not the owners of creation; we are to live in the world and use its resources without destroying the very world that provides life for us.
Once again, God has so ordered that world that we pay the price for breaking his natural law. When everything is left to go along as he has designed it then the world has no problems, but once we begin to inflict greed and other selfish motives on the land, then we begin to destroy it; strip mining and over production destroy huge areas of land.
But then again we come into the problem of Western imperialism when we have the developed countries, who have raped and pillaged the world for centuries, telling developing countries that they must be careful in what side effects they produce. However, these same countries are not prepared to act with justice in their dealings with these developing countries.
When the Church calls for respect for the environment, it also calls for respect for the people who are living there. We are still unwilling to learn or admit that a world that is not based on justice will never be a world where things can be right.
Justice has to be the foundation of all these policies.