ADVENT 2015: Reflection for International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10

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by Nelson Araque
Catholic Climate Ambassador

Isaiah 41:13-20 | Matthew 11:11-15

“The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain,
their tongues are parched with thirst.” (Is 41:17)

Let us be mindful of the critical importance of water...Today when we celebrate International Human Rights Day, there are people afflicted and needy who are looking for water. The scarcity of water is one of the main problems in our world and it has gotten progressively worse in recent years. An important reason for this problem with water is greed. Some of us live as if we own natural resources, but the reality is that God created everything for all people. Our concern must lead us to use natural resources in a sustainable way. Our concern must lead us to share, protect and save the sources of water. We need water to live; most of the body is made of water. Having access to drinkable water is a human right. Taking care of God’s creation is a human duty!

FOR REFLECTION:

Can you list three things you are doing to save water at home?

What are the rules in your city or town regarding the use of water?

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* This reflection is from The Promise of Light: Reflections for Advent 2015. You can purchase and download a version for your e-reader by clicking here.

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