By Sagaya Raju
On the Good Shepherd Sunday, 22nd April, Rev. Sr. Sagaya Mary Raju, Chairman of St. Charles Eco club invited the congregation to be good shepherds and pray for vocations. This vocation, she explained is not only to marriage life but; religious life and priesthood etc. Sr. Mary also asked all to pray for the young that they may embrace vocations, on this day that was also dedicated to “Mother Earth day” celebrations. Many Christians who understand the resurrection of Jesus were not surprised when she asked all to join her in singing to the Risen Lord with a new song;
Ref ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’
Mother Earth, ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’
Sun and moon, ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’
Men and women, ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’
All trees and plants, ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’
All birds and all living creatures, ‘Alleluia praise the Lord’!
For many, this song was enough to understand the mystery of Mother Earth and the Good Shepherd Sunday as far as getting the relationships it has with creation is concerned. To some, it became an eye opener; do you know why? They thought of painting the world green and all that man needs for survival from nature to create that good mother, Earth.
Jesus the good shepherd was the topic in the Liturgy of the word. From the gospel message, Rev. Fr. Raphael Okumu, in his rhetorical question to the Christians summarized the context of the Good Shepherd; ‘how many of us welcome strangers? He stressed that, as some people welcomed strangers, they ended up welcoming the corner stone the Sunday talks about. “Today he was not an ordinary stranger but a corner stone,” he said. He also said that some strangers may turn to be our saviours. This statement left many in awe trying to recall how many times they had sent away strangers. The two disciples to Emmaus welcomed Christ at their home and shared with Him and their eyes were opened at the breaking of the bread. They recognized Him and shared the news with others. How many of us share with one another the bread; with our children, neighbours and families? You can guess how the congregation felt after hearing these words!
He emphasized that Peter and John were commissioned as witnesses to heal the sick, drive away demons, reconcile and forgive sins. That is why in Jesus’ name, they healed the crippled man at the gate of the temple when Peter said “I don’t have money but at Jesus’ name, rise and walk”. This they did out of love of neighbours and belief in Jesus Christ.
He stressed the importance of extending this love to creation. Without them, our life is at risk, therefore, we need to keep Mother Earth green and clean as the St. Charles Eco-Club; by planting more trees, collecting none biodegradables to sustain the environment and the globe. Petitions were addressed to ask for the divine graces for people to accept the gifts of nature and always care and sustain it. The love to maintain the environment came in full gear when the order of tree planting was read to the congregation from the main celebrant to the school representatives. Ten trees were planted around the cathedral by the main celebrant, Sheikh and others. six trees in the Mosque compound, 1 in Rainbow radio station, 2 Anglican Church and 8 in represented schools.
In fact, the Mother Earth Day was made colourful by St. Charles Eco-Club. If we could think like Jesus to pasture our sheep on a green land, we would want to preserve it by planting more trees and planting globally. As a result, we would never run short of rain for crops, drought, would never encounter soil erosion, fresh air condition, acidic rain due to burning bush, and worst of all, to reduce Oxygen level.
Have you ever thought of colour green? Or else, have you any relationship to the globe basing on the “Green fact”? The fact remains, “let’s go green to get our globe clean”. My fellow human, wake up and paint the world green.
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