Responsibility can be thought of as being committed to providing our best response, making full use of our abilities. What motivates that response will dictate its quality. Where we do things out of love and respect for our fellow man and for the planet, engaging our sense of wonder, there is a well of possibility that inspires us. Rather than acting out of a sense of duty, our mindset is that of a gift that we give freely.
From early in the Bible, God tells Adam and through him, humanity, to take responsibility for his fellow man and for all of God’s creation. In the New Testament Jesus reminded the disciples of the importance of loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves as the two most important commandments. As we take responsibility, we do so with love in our families, friendships, places of vocation and in the wider community.