Talking about Father Sky means talking about the cosmos. Thanks to scientific discoveries of the past 100 years launched by the seminal breakthroughs of Albert Einstein and Ernest Hubble, we now know that we belong to a universe that is vast and expanding, full of creativity (a star is being born every 15 seconds!) and deeply mysterious (96 percent of matter is either dark energy or dark matter and thus very difficult to see and full of mystery).
The universe we dwell in, our home and matrix, is 13.8 billion years old and all its “stuff” is related, since it began smaller than a pinpoint and has developed and expanded ever since.
Recently we learned that the universe is not several hundred billion galaxies large but two trillion galaxies—each with hundreds of billions of stars! Scientists tell me that this means there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on earth. If this isn’t awe-inspiring—to belong in a home like that–what is? Shouldn’t wisdom follow from all this awe since according to Rabbi Heschel “awe is the beginning of wisdom”?
The Cosmic Christ is the archetype that names the holiness of all being, it is the “pattern that connects.” Parallel names are the “Buddha Nature” in Buddhism and the “image of God” in Judaism.
The Cosmic Christ was at the beginning, and it has always been with us, nurturing and summoning us. It has always been preparing for us. The mystics have known this. As Julian of Norwich put it, “We have been loved from before the beginning,” and, “God never began to love us.” Mechtild of Magdeburg said, “From the very beginning God loved us. … We were fashioned most nobly.” Meister Eckhart says that for us to return to our beginnings is to return to God because God is “always in the beginning,” and this is the reason, he maintains, that both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible begin with the important words, “In the beginning….”
We are invited to face life every day as a newborn Cosmic Christ, a bearer of Wisdom, a son or daughter of Wisdom—an incarnation of Logos, of the Godself, another Buddha, another Image of God. For that is who we are. We are other Christs as are all other creatures we encounter.
Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus, Stations of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 26, 54, 55.
Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
Banner Image: “Christ Enthroned In His Creation” (c) Christina DeMichele, 2009
Queries for Contemplation
Be with the stars on a dark night. Let them speak to you. What are they saying? What is Father Sky saying?
What difference does it make to learn or re-learn that all beings are sacred, all beings are other Christs, other Buddhas, other Images of God?
Take a phrase or an idea from this meditation and be still with it, letting it wash over you and through and through you. Repeat it as a mantra. Be with the silence that follows. Be with, be with…
This is a book of meditations on the Cosmic Christ, accompanying the images of 16 wonderful clay tablets by Javier Ullrrich Lemus and M.C. Richards. Together, these images and meditations go far beyond the traditional Stations of the Cross to inspire a spirit awakening and understanding of the cosmic Christ Consciousness, Buddha consciousness, and consciousness of the image of God in all beings, so needed in our times.