In the Footsteps of Jesus
In this space the focus is on the life and work of Jesus. When we think about how we can respect the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth, we can turn to Jesus to see what inspiration and dedication to his word we can take with us in trying to find out what God is doing and how we can help. In what ways did Jesus both encounter and talk about the creation? Where was he and what was he doing? In this space you can spend time following in the footsteps of Jesus and thinking about how the Gospels offer us signposts for our own lives.
This space offers a number of passages for you to consider, with some questions for reflection as we try to follow in Jesus' footsteps and imagine his own experiences.
The Lilies of the Field
Matthew 6. 25-34
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- What do you think we learn about Jesus' view of nature?
- Why do you think Jesus directs the disciples to think about God and the creation?
- What's the point he is making?