We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves also groan within ourselves. In hope we were saved.


Today, as we listen to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,” let us remember the plea of those who greeted Jesus in Jerusalem: “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest” (Mark 11: 10). Deliver us, Lord, from our suffering.


Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with the other, with God, and with the earth. When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land, the Bible tell us that life itself is endangered.


Despite the grim picture that pollution and climate change paints, we know there’s hope. God is loving and merciful, inviting us to amend our ways. God is constantly sending messengers our way to help guide us in the right direction.


We don’t need business owners and moneychangers selling us a false bill of goods. We already have God. God gives our lives all the meaning and happiness we could ever need. By accumulating money and consuming things we distance our soul from this truth, and we deaden our senses to the beauties and pleasures that God gives us.