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PENTECOST NOVENA – DAY FOUR

Cry of the Mother Earth

Hymn: Awake is the Call (Lyrics)

Awake is the call of the One who is wakefulness
Waken me, O God, into your wakefulness
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

1. Those who are thirsty, let them come to me
/Those who have faith in me drink abundantly/ 2x
There shall flow living water out from believing hearts
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

2. Those who are lonely, let them come to me
/Those who are without friends, come and be with me/ 2x
You shall find me at your side, leading you to life and love
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

3. You who are precious in the eyes of God
/You who are dearly loved by our God Most High/ 2x
He shall set you like a light in the kingdom of His Son
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

Opening Prayer

The Spirit of God is hovering over the universe, forming, creating, and giving life and energy.

You are the God of eternal wakefulness, and we are in your presence.

We are here with humility and reverence, aware of your infinite power and love.

We offer our prayers for all of humanity, the universal church,
our congregation, the provinces/regions, communities, each of us the members of our congregation, our lay collaborators and partners in mission, our families, and Mother Earth.

We ask you to fill our hearts with your life-giving breath to guide us. We are unworthy yet grateful for your boundless mercy.

May Your presence be with us always so that we may never be separated from You or humanity in need.

Please lead us towards the Father and the Son, and help us to serve and glorify the Holy Triune God. Amen.

Introduction from Scripture

 

Today, our common home – Mother Earth – continues to suffer from the consequences of endless exploitation and harm caused by human actions. The prevailing economic and scientific models, along with the throwaway culture, contribute to the continual degradation of our environment.

Our interconnectedness with the environment seems to have lost significance, hindering our human progress. 

Though we consider ourselves ‘civilized’, our selfish attitudes prioritize exploiting natural resources as commodities, neglecting their sustainability for future generations. We must realize it’s time to stop consuming more than we need.

In Genesis, the creation story highlights the deep connection between human life and our relationship with God, others, and the natural world. When humans dominate, it disrupts God’s plan (Genesis 1:26), leading to an imbalance in creation.

Jesus calls on us to acknowledge God’s paternal relationship with all His creatures (Matthew 11:25) and urges us to honor that bond. He emphasizes the significance of each being in God’s sight. 

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Mt 6:26).

Moment of Silent Prayer

With gratitude, we embrace the profound connection with God and creation, feeling fully integrated into God’s masterpiece.

 

Reflection

Let’s ask: 

  • Do I nurture within me the heart of the creator God who cares for our ‘common home’? What do I need to do in this regard? (pause)
  • How much am I impacted by Mother Earth’s constant cries? How concretely does this impact lead me to action? (pause)

Moment of Sharing

Each person shares their ideas on how we can improve care for our planet, Mother Earth.

 

Closing Prayer

God, Holy Spirit, sustainer of the universe,
You are the God of assurance and strength.
The Good News we listened to has created
ripples of Your grace in our souls.

We believe You bring new life and transform us
into people who listen, observe, care,
and move toward those in need, the deprived, and the lonely.

May the Father’s ever-watchful and unsleeping eyes,
Jesus’s burning heart, and Your presence, O Holy Spirit, remain with us.
We give thanks, praise, glory, and honor to You, O Holy Triune God,
for Your unconditional acceptance of us, Your children. Amen.