A reading from the book of Genesis.
Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food”—and it was done. God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came—that was the sixth day.
In this piece of scripture we hear that God put man in charge of the Earth and all of the creatures and plants upon it. It is our job to look after it. This is echoed in the Pope’s prayer intention for September which is for us to have a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. This year, as a school, we will be looking at how we can be more environmentally-friendly, so this week, your mission is to do something to help look after the Earth.
What could you do?
- Making sure they put litter in the bin
- Not eating as much meat (choosing the green option for school dinners)
- Walking or scooting to school instead of coming by car
- Using recycling bins where available
- Turning lights off when not needed
- Not leaving taps running whilst brushing their teeth
Creator of our common home,
You fill the earth and sea and sky with life
Forgive us our neglect of your creation
The choking waste of our pollution
The damage done by careless habits
And our indifference to future generations.
Help us to amend our lives
To refuse more plastic if we can’t reuse it
To lift our voice for lasting change
And to live well and gently on the earth
To the glory of your Son, the Living Word
Through whom you made this fragile world.
What did you do to achieve this week’s mission? Let us know in the comments below.