10 An Ecological Way of the Cross - Bishop Thomas Dabre

posted Apr 10, 2019, 9:05 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 9:06 AM ]

Reflections on the 14 Stations

O Lord, we thank you for your sacrifice on the Cross. Thereby, you redeemed, saved and renewed the world. Help us to work for the betterment of the environment and the Earth.

JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

Generally, animals and birds and plants are innocent, and do not attack us. Yet, Nature in many ways is punished and condemned by human beings. Pilate punished an innocent Christ; we too condemn an innocent Nature unjustly.

By the scourge of pollution, we punish a pure, serene and harmless Nature. We have polluted the air, land and water. Our greed and over-consumption has condemned Jesus and Creation to death.

JESUS ACCEPTS THE CROSS

Jesus is absolutely innocent, yet He readily accepted this undeserved suffering. Mother Earth too is crying out in pain and sorrow. Jesus did not turn away from the Cross. We realise that promoting ecology can be demanding at times. We can find it burdensome and inconvenient. But we must carry the Cross of Creation. We must suffer with Creation. In this way, we will work towards redeeming a suffering ecology.

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