The gospel parable is about a man entrusting his servants with his property, and the point it makes concerns the need for fidelity in caring for what belongs to the master.
God our master has left us with the earth, not to do with what we want but to care for it even as we live of its abundant riches.
God created the land to support living things: What will happen when God returns to find so much land strip-mined, strip cleared, eroded and burdened with our waste?
God created the waters to support living things: What will happen when God returns to find smog and holes in the ozone?
God created plants and animals to love on this wonderful earth and revel in its beauty. What will happen when God returns to find so many of them driven to extinction by our destructive practices?
“Father of all that is good, keep us faithful in serving you.” May we learn to care better for the Master’s goods so that when the Master returns, we will hear those blessed words. “Well done! Come and share your master’s joy.”
Men and women bear a unique responsibility under God to safeguard the created world and by their creative laour even to enhance it.
Safeguarding creation requires us to live responsibly within it, rather than manage creation as though we are outside it.
The human family is charged with preserving the beauty, diversity and integrity of nature as well as fostering it productivity