September has been designated by Christian churches as a time of special prayer called a Season of Creation. This year, the theme for the season is ‘A home for all?
Renewing the Oikos of God’. The Season of Creation is a ‘Time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion and commitment together’. Oikos is the Greek word for “home,” or “household.” By rooting our theme in the concept of oikos, we celebrate the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the Earth.
Pope Francis has called on all people to take “decisive, urgent action” during the upcoming Season of Creation in order to “transform this crisis into an opportunity.” Pope Francis believes that ‘now is the time for all people, especially Catholics and Christians, to increase their commitment to our common home by doing more than ever to protect God’s creation’.
Creation Day, also called the World Day of Prayer for Creation, opens the season each year. Many traditions view St. Francis as an inspiration and guide for those who protect creation. October 4 is his feast day and the last day in the Season of Creation. To celebrate the Season of Creation this year at St James’s, children will create beautiful creation pictures that will feature around St James throughout the month of September.
May God who established the dance of creation, who marvelled at the lilies of the field, who transforms chaos to order, lead us to transform our lives and the Church to reflect God’s glory in creation. Amen