“For in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
and you have come to fullness in him ….” Colossians 2, 9-10
I am writing to you on the Memorial of Blessed John Duns Scotus, November 8th. This seems a very fitting day to encourage us all to reflect on Jesus as the “Cosmic Christ” during this month of November.
We are moving toward the end of this liturgical year with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on the last Sunday of this month.
John Duns Scotus wrote beautifully of the “primacy of Christ” in the loving plan of God’s creation of the cosmos. Just as we often speak of a newborn child looking like their mother or their father, our Loving God looks at us and sees the reflection of the Beloved Son. We each carry the image of Christ, and we are invited to grow ever more into the likeness of him.
As we do this we help “enliven” and “awaken” the human family to our deepest vocation: union with God and the encouragement of all to come into this divine communion. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a Jesuit priest and paleontologist who was influenced by Scotus, built on this “love-centered” spirituality and saw in his times this deeper dimension of Christ the King as the “Cosmic Christ.” Christ is both the image of who we are from the beginning of creation and the One who is calling us into ever greater union as a human family and cosmos from the “end point” of creation.
Christ is the “animating One” at the heart of all of life. As we draw close to Christ in prayer, we grow stronger in knowing both our deepest identity as “beloveds of God” and our common mission to help “the human family move toward the next step of human evolution in love.” (Rohr, “Evolving in Love, November 8, 2018)
I have found this image of the “Cosmic Christ” within an evolutionary cosmology where Christ and the Holy Spirit are deeply at work in helping creation come to its fullness to deepen within me the meaning of Christ our King. Peace! Fr. Henry