Genesis 19:15-29; Ps 26 O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes; Matthew 8:23-27
In our first reading we encounter the destruction of the twin cities Sodom and Gomorrah. The destruction of the cities and the environment around the cities was due to the sins of their inhabitants.
This was no natural disaster. We never presume that natural disasters are the result of human sins and i think to classify the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as a natural disaster is to misread the entirety of the text.
This destruction was a supernatural disaster.
God ordained it and it happen. But on another note, it is important to be attentive to the fact that all of material creation is somehow bound together with human goodness and human sin. We are punished by our sins not for them. Sin in itself brings its own consequences.
But how often does our environment, not unlike that of the terrain and land of Sodom and Gomorrah, suffer destruction because of our own folly and own sinful choices.
Look around. How often has greed and thirst for profit led to the destruction of our natural habitat, our sister Earth.
Pope Francis has made this clear in his new encyclical: LAUDATO SI,On Care of our Common. Check it out. Be Blessed
Pax et Bonum