Footprints daily reflection: 19 March
Finding Joy in Climate Justice.
Author: Dr Nicola Brady
Praise the Lord!
Happy are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments.’
When we think of Lent it can often be associated with sacrifice. Many people choose to give something up as part of their preparation for Easter. The denial of pleasure during Lent is then followed by celebration at Easter time. It is a fitting context in which to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the global movement towards climate justice.
Too often, those of us privileged to live comfortable lives shielded from the worst effects of climate breakdown can think of climate justice only in terms of what we are called to give up. And so it becomes associated with feelings of deprivation and limitation.
In Psalm 112 we are reminded of the joy that comes from being agents of God’s justice and being part of a more generous and compassionate society. There is security and contentment in solidarity and kindness.
Examining the work of climate justice in this light reminds us that the lifestyle changes we are called to make, while they may entail some sacrifice, will ultimately lead to a more just, peaceful and sustainable society in which we can all experience greater freedom and security.
As Christians, we have an important role to play in keeping before us that hope-filled vision of a better future that comes from choosing to live in gratitude and generosity. The sacrifices we are called to make now in the name of justice can be a cause of joy and celebration in the future.
This Lent we pray that we will find joy in being agents of your justice.
Trusting in the promise of your love and mercy,
May we find the courage to make the difficult choices required to create a more just and compassionate world.
Help us to bring the Good News of the Gospel to those who struggle in despair,
Holding the light of hope and faith before us as we journey together.
Dr Nicola Brady is General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches and a member of the Christian Aid Ireland Board.