Yesterday I shared with you a beautiful photo taken from a friend who is currently walking the Camino, a Christian pilgrimage walk. My friend is indigenous (Mien), Buddhist, Laotian, Thai and American.
It is an amazing picture, isn’t it?
Notice the sun in the picture, what an unusual light it is giving us. And on the far right is the moon looking on. The sun is blessing a church, a symbol of people gathered to pray whether that be in a church, temple, outdoor Sun Dance circle or mosque, etc.
The occasion is a Camino walk, a traditional Christian pilgrimage being executed by an indigenous Mien refugee in two countries who is a Buddhist (and hopes to be reincarnated some day as a monk) and who teaches youth mathematics.
We have certainly left the age of Pisces and dualisms behind haven’t we? Or are trying to. And we are learning to get settled in an age of Aquarius, of water, of Yin that is equal to Yang, of mysticism and spirituality more than religion, of feminism and masculinity in balance, of acceptance of diversity and difference. My friend and his partner are gay.
Does this scene and story say something to you about deep ecumenism? About how the sun shines on all of us, and the moon too, and Spirit and God-by-whatever-name is so much bigger than our religions and ideologies and how Spirit works through all traditions and none?
We are all on a pilgrimage of some kind, moving our bodies, souls, breath, cares, concerns, loves and losses along our sacred paths. And the sun blesses, and the moon rises, and the Earth keeps on giving. And here we are.
And we all face climate change together—excessive heat and draughts and floods, rising oceans and extreme temperatures and disappearing species by the millions, and possible extinction—we face them together too. They are not respecter of persons. Or of religions. Of gender or gender preference.
Surely it is time to pool the wisdom of all our spiritual traditions and to stand together in common Awe and Gratitude with a sense of the common good and a common sacred such as this picture records.
Can we rejoice that we are here on this 13.8 billion year pilgrimage together? And can we pray that we develop the vision and courage, determination, hardiness and flexibility to make the hard choices to carry on? And do it together?
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a New Renaissance.
And Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Pilgrim walking the Monumento de Monte do Gozo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Photo by Jorge Luis Ojeda Flota on Unsplash.
Queries for Contemplation
What pilgrimages have you undergone and are you on today?
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.
Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet
Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow. Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Living in Sin