Clergy Notes – Sunday, April 22, 2018

It is good to be back!

After the snow storms in Toronto last week, I was delayed and found myself looking for last minute accommodation in New York. There are definitely worse places to be stranded. New York then received a flood warning and a deluge of rain, and I was reminded of how little control we really have in the grand scheme of things.

“The earth has its music for those who will listen,

Its bright variations forever abound;

With all the wonders that God has bequeathed us,

There is nothing that thrills like the magic of sound.”

George Santayana

In the city that never sleeps, the idea of listening to the sounds of the earth and what creation might be saying seemed an unreasonable ask, but it turns out that New Yorkers like to talk about the weather as much as us Canadians!

Drying off over a bowl of mac and cheese in a bar near Times Square, I listened as people discussed global warning and climate change. What can really be done? What difference can the actions of a single person make? And so it flowed on as easily as the beer, while the rain battered the windows and the umbrella stand near the door was gradually swamped.

What difference can we make? And what have we committed to doing?

When we are baptised, confirmed or renew our baptismal vows as we did at Easter, we are asked:  “Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?”

We answer: “I will, with God’s help.”

What does that look like in our day to day lives as Christians trying to live into the promises we’ve made? How should we teach the infants we baptise about living into this promise and taking seriously the promise to safeguard the earth?

I can rattle off a few suggestions: recycle, consume less, buy used instead of new, eat less meat etc. But I find I don’t have a complete answer for that question. What or who are we listening to in order to decide how we interact with creation? What do you think?

See you soon,

Mother Lucy