The prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 55:10-11) reflects an integral ecology: “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I send it.”
Paul (8:18-23) turns his attention to the natural world: “creation has been groaning with labor pains until this time". Pillagers and plunderers of the natural world create deprivation and dispossession; the pain suffered by creation grows more acute and chronic.
In the parable shared by Matthew (13:1-23) a planter sows seed on both bad ground and good. Our stewardship of the earth is a committed to process. Our struggle is not gauged on political endorsement or people’s approval or satisfaction; it is measured against a Gospel of justice and liberation.