The prophet Joel addresses how the devastation of the land comes to an end–by a metanoia, a change of heart, among humans. Fasting, mourning, repentance are in order. Acknowledge the cosmic suffering, for there is “mourning among the beasts and the herds of cattle wander bewildered…. The earth quakes, the skies tremble, the sun and moon grow dark, the stars lose their brilliance” (1:18: 2:10).
Breakthrough will come: the Day of Yahweh will awaken the people whose hearts will finally be opened up by the tragedy around and within them. The Day of Yahweh is the day of the coming of wisdom or the messiah—which is all of us, we are all called to heal the planet.
But now, now–it is Yahweh who speaks–
Come back to me with all your heart.
Fasting, weeping, mourning.
Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn,
turn to Yahweh your God again.
for Yahweh is all tenderness and compassion. (2:12f)
This awakening corresponds to the awakening of heart knowledge or wisdom; and of entering the darkness that is called mysticism. With this breakthrough the day of Yahweh–a day of compassion and justice, of healing and celebration–can truly happen.
One scholar writes that Joel’s “contribution is to prophesy the outpouring of the Spirit on all God’s people in the messianic age.” This Joel does and promises. Yahweh speaks, “Now I send you corn and wine and oil, until you have enough” (Joel 2:19). Good things begin to happen, “the pastures on the heath are green again, the trees bear fruit, vine and fig tree yield abundantly.” (2.22)
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, p. 4.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Eye of the Storm” The eye of a tropical storm, shot from the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Photo by Riccardo Maria Mantero on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize yourself and others as “messiahs” in the sense of being called to turn things around when it comes to climate change today? Do you recognize if enough people gather to do this, good things can begin to happen?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.