Ruminating on the state of our planet, Barry Lopez asks, “Is it still possible to face the gathering darkness and say to the physical Earth, and to all its creatures, including ourselves, fiercely and without embarrassment, I love you, and to embrace fearlessly the burning world?” Look, Jesus holds on his lap a child, perhaps a different kind of a child than we expected: an infant sequoia, seeds still nestled tight in its cone, waiting for the heat of a wildfire to unleash its potential growth, but who will not survive the burning of an entire planet. This is the greatest in the kin-dom of heaven. Beloved, let us attend to the future with a passionate urgency that in seeking out the vulnerable and humble, we might witness the kin-dom of God in our midst. Continue Reading