For the next several weeks the first readings will be taken from the Biblical prophets, beginning with the Prophet Amos. The lion roars– who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks– who will not prophesy! Amos takes an experience from nature, the roar to the lion, as an avenue to understand the presence of God. Unfortunately, a contemporary prophet would not be able to come to that insight because lions went extinct in Israel about the year 1900. Pope Francis has written an encyclical, Laudato Si, to remind us that nature is not simply “natural” but is, in fact, supernatural, is from God and leads to God. Caring for the environment is not just a good idea, it can be the road to find God.