In Christ, the God who breathed into our dust becomes our dust. The same God who created Adam of the dust, commissioning him to care for the garden comes into the world, as the human one, Jesus of Nazareth, and is mistaken for the gardener by Mary Magdalene at the resurrection story (John 20). It is this beautiful and wondrous story of the resurrection that is the distinctive Hope that marks a Christian environmental ethic. And what we find in the resurrection of Jesus is in fact the distinctive Hope that marks a Christian environmental ethic distinctively from its secular counterpart. You see we aren’t just living in a world that is moving from bad to worse, or that was once good and pristine and is falling to pieces (though it appears very much that way)! Rather, our faith proclaims that, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed” (John 20:1). And this makes all the difference! We are invited to live on this ‘first day of the week’ – in Jesus’ resurrection we have the dawning of a new age, the movement into a new world. As we read elsewhere, God was pleased through Christ “to reconcile to himself all things” (Col 1:17).