Explainer for Season of Creation Resources 2022
The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) to 4 October (the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). It is a time to celebrate the joy of creation as well as raising awareness on what is happening to our common home.
The theme for the Season of Creation 2022 is “Listen to the Voice of Creation” and the burning bush is the symbol. Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests crackle, animals flee, and people are forced to migrate due to the fires of injustice. On the contrary, the fire of the burning bush that called to Moses as he tended the flock on Mt. Horeb (Exodus 3) did not consume or destroy the bush. This flame of the Spirit revealed God’s presence and affirmed that God heard the cries of all who suffered and promised to be with us as we work for justice.
In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us to listen to the voice of creation, to the voices of those who suffer the impacts of climate change, to the voices of those who hold generational wisdom about how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. These are voices of the Earth. The global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13).