Yesterday we considered how we all give birth to the Cosmic Christ not unlike how Mary gave birth at Christmas time. We meditated on Thomas Merton’s words that the Creator “speaks to us gently in ten thousand things….He shines not on them but from within them.”
One dramatic occasion when Jesus “shone from within” was the experience recalled in the Gospels that is named the “Transfiguration.” It happened when three of Jesus’s friends accompanied him to a mountain top and saw dazzling light emanating from him. (Mk 9.2-9)
It was an experience we all can have on occasion, taking in the radiance of all creatures and all creation. Surely Webb telescope assists us with that spiritual practice to take in the light of the heavens.
We can experience the Blinding One in the people we meet and the beings we encounter–in all our relations therefore. In all those beings who reveal themselves to us whether in daytime or in nighttime.
Nighttime it is usually the “heavens,” the sky, the cosmos that reveals itself to us. Darkness renders the lights bright.
In daytime it is usually the Earth and her creatures, the city and its wonders, our workplaces and relaxing places that reveal themselves to us and shine from within. If, as Mary Oliver advises us, we pay attention and then pay attention some more.
One of the many universal meanings and archetypes of Christmas is that we ourselves are born or reborn as other Christs. That we come alive as sons and daughters of the Divine.
Here is how Eckhart puts it:
It would mean little to me that the ‘Word was made flesh’ for man in Christ, granting that the latter is distinct from me, unless he also was made flesh in me personally, so that I too would become the Son of God (Daughter of God, Wisdom of God).
Eckhart links this insight directly to the following passage of the Scriptures which he cites on many occasions: “Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children, and that is what we are.” (1 Jn. 3:11)
Part of the passage of the Book of Wisdom invoked in the Christmas liturgy includes this phrase: “this people to be son of God.” (Wisdom 18:13). It follows that the “Son” or “Daughter” of God can refer to a group, not just to an individual.
To be continued.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, “Passion For Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, p. 311.
See also Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus, “The Transfiguration,” in Stations of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 83-88.
And Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 102f.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Stations of the Cosmic Christ
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