14 December.  God provides through his mercy.   Granny Mabel was getting ready to welcome all the family visitors while the children and grandchildren were packing up and leaving their normal lives behind.  Jessica stopped to think. ”When we go away on holiday we easily forget about our ordinary daily lives.  But all aspects of the world and of nature need to continue to function.  If it doesn’t rain we complain of the heat and drought.  If it rains too much we complain too. Ideally according to the natural law of creation there should be a balance but our exploitation of nature in the last 200 years has upset the balance.   Although many climate-related disasters like drought and floods, and extreme heat and cold do happen more and more frequently God nevertheless continues to sustain his world because of his concern and his mercy.  Let us take God on holiday, pray for good weather but remember to give Him thanks every day.” 

Scripture: You shall rejoice in the Lord.  When the poor and needy seek water and there is none and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them.”   Is 41:13-20,   Pope Francis: Praise God for all his creatures.”  That was the message of St Francis of Assis of his life, and his actions.  “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”  How can we not admire this tenderness of Jesus for all the being that accompany us along the way. LD 1. Reflect, share, and pray:  Let us take God on holiday, thank him daily and pray for good weather but do our bit too, drive safely, spend wisely and be kind to one another.