The Linked Parishes of Pope John XXIII & Christ The King
2020-21 Faith Formation Program
Session 8 - Care for God's Creation
OUR COMMON HOME
God has given us the earth as our home. It’s our common home because we share it with everyone. We are a family, and like every family we need to work together to look after our home.
In the first book of the Bible we hear how God made the whole world, from the stars in the sky to the deepest oceans. People, creatures, land, water and mountains are all part of God’s wonderful creation and we have a responsibility to look after it all.
A reading from the book of Genesis:
“Then God commanded ‘Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit.’
Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.
Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life, wild, large and small.
And now we will make human beings; they will be like us.
God looked at everything he had made and was very pleased.”
The earth is God’s gift to us.
It’s full of beauty and wonder.
It belongs to everyone on the planet to share.
Look at this picture and reflect for a few minutes in silence.
What do you love about our world?
Why do you think it’s important to look after the world?
We use God's gifts the right way when we are not wasteful and when we take good care of them. It is right to share them with other people. If we use God's gifts properly, earth will be apleasant place to live.
How do I know the Catholic Church believes in this idea??