In today’s gospel Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment, unable to hear or speak God’s word of truth. The challenge to hear what God is calling us to and to speak out is renewed in every generation. In our own time we are increasingly called to hear the cry of our ailing common home and speak out to protect the environment. Scientists warn us that unless drastic action is taken we will lose the battle against the environmental destruction which threatens the future of humanity. But change is possible. All it takes is one good person to restore hope. As followers of Christ we have a duty to hear and heed the call to care for God’s beautiful creation. We can be cynical and say that the issue is too big, that it is up to governments to sort out. Or we can choose to do what we can. This week can you encourage your family to make small changes in the home such as ensuring all waste is correctly recycled, composting, encouraging one another to use public transport or walk/cycle when possible? A very simple action is to reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. We can begin with small actions and encourage others to do the same. Together we can make a difference.