The first of the archetypes of the Sacred Masculine is that of Father Sky.
Thanks to the unique infrared Webb telescope, we are on the verge of looking into Father Sky back to the very earliest formations of galaxies, stars and planets.
The quest has been called by its makers, “a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life.” This is humanity at its best—cooperating in being true to our nature of curiosity and wonder, intelligence and bravery, and eagerness to know our ancestors.
And chasing after light. Always light. As we have meditated on earlier, Light is the nearest name for God humans seem to have and it is invoked universally.
The original Christmas was busy chasing a light too—the magi were following a star that would lead them to a special place. A place where a very poor and insignificant “king” would lay in a manger.
To chase a star this Christmas, humanity spent $10 billion to launch an infrared observatory to succeed the aging Hubble space telescope. It needs to advance one million miles away from the Earth (four times beyond the moon) where gravity can hold it just right and keep it cold. It will take a month to get there and four more months of preparation before it is up and running. Unlike the Hubble Telescope, it is too far away to be corrected if glitches occur.
The telescope is 100 times more powerful than Hubble and its launch from French Guiana was called “flawless.” So far, so good.
Hubble went back 13.4 billion years ago; Webb will extend back to 13.8 billion years ago, very near the origin of the universe.
See Matthew Fox, on the role of cosmology in healing humanity, see Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, revised edition, pp. 11f., 21-23, 48f., 60, 111f., 212f., 272.
And Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
And Fox, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, chapter 3, “Light,” pp. 40-62.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: An artist’s rendition of the James Webb Space Telescope with its sunshield deployed. Image by NASA.
Queries for Contemplation
What awe and excitement and synchronicity are you feeling about the launching of Webb on Christmas day and its potential to render our species wiser, maybe even moving beyond our extinction?
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.
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit