We continue our meditations on the return of the Divine Feminine by way of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as both Andrew Harvey and Leonardo Boff speak of it.
Andrew applies Boff’s call for liberation that we saw in yesterday’s DM to saving creation:
…and it is not only Christianity that has to make this effort to actualize justice, but every religion. We all have to hear the voice of the Mother in Mary’s pleas for transformation in this world.
Harvey believes that if Christianity were to receive the sacred call of the Divine Mother in Mary it could also at long last open itself to the force of Christ. Because they are the same force, Mary’s and Christ’s.
Andrew was with his mentor, Benedictine monk Father Bede Griffith, who lived in a Christian ashram for 50 years in southern India, during his final illness. Bede kept saying, “Serve the growing Christ! Serve the growing Christ!”
Harvey suggests that the best way to serve Christ is to birth him as Mary did.
This insight parallels that of Meister Eckhart who exclaimed, What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to Christ fourteen centuries ago and I don’t do the same in my time and place and culture?
Harvey recognizes the kingdom that Christ called for as a place where there are no more poor, where there is no more cruelty and exploitation and injustice, where the forests are safe and the seas clean and the world protected, and human life and human love recognized as utterly sacred and holy.
The catastrophes our generation is undergoing put us face to face with Mary and her Son to transform everything in the name of divine love and to see justice done in every area of life.
Harvey talks of personally having encountered Christ by way of Mary–the Christ who is as much the son of the Mother as of the Father.
He discovered for the first time, with awe and amazement, the overwhelming presence of the sacred feminine in Christ himself, discovered intuitively and mystically, in the core of my mind and heart and body.*
Andrew Harvey, The Return of the Mother, pp. 378f, 381f.
See Matthew Fox, “Sermon Twenty-Three: We are Children of God and Mothers of God,” in Fox, Passion For Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, pp, 325-337.
See also Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
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Queries for Contemplation
What does “serve the growing Christ” mean to you? What does Eckhart’s teaching that we “birth the Christ” like Mary did mean to you and to our world today?
Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox’s comprehensive translation of Meister Eckhart’s sermons is a meeting of true prophets across centuries, resulting in a spirituality for the new millennium. The holiness of creation, the divine life in each person and the divine power of our creativity, our call to do justice and practice compassion–these are among Eckhart’s themes, brilliantly interpreted and explained for today’s reader.
“The most important book on mysticism in 500 years.” — Madonna Kolbenschlag, author of Kissing Sleeping Beauty Goodbye.
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Fox’s spirituality weds the healing and liberation found in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just Creator.
“A watershed theological work that offers a common ground for religious seekers and activists of all stripes.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.