|The Sacred Heart as the Universal Christ.*|
Teilhard passionately believed that Jesus had to be understood in a more ORGANIC rather than a static way: as an expansion of the heart of Jesus. The idea of Christ as a King was too narrow a way of seeing Christ. We have to see Jesus in cosmic, universal terms, that is in a DYNAMIC way rather than in a STATIC way. It is the Universal Jesus ( Omnia per ipsum, et in ipsum creata sunt: et ipse est ante omnia, et omnia in ipso constant. - And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. ( Col: 1-17) ) which must become or evolve into the image of Jesus for a Christianity of the future. It is this Jesus which Teilhard challenges us to contemplate as extending not only to the ends of the earth, but to the ends of time and space itself. The Universal Jesus is therefore not a static figure looking down on us, but a dynamic and active presence which is the centre of the entire cosmos and the very energy which powers evolution itself. And this divine centre – this heart of the world’s heart and heart of the cosmos – desires and loves us. This 'Universal Jesus' is calling us to help HIM build a new Heaven and a New Earth. For this is the good news: the universe has a personal centre and it is called Jesus. And this Jesus, born of Mary two thousand years ago, is calling to our very centre – our heart. The Universal Jesus whose fire penetrates and illuminates all creation wants us to open our hearts to the love which radiates from His heart: for our heart to become one with this divine and universal love.
* No, I am not on medication, nor have I had a vision. That is how I imagined the 'Universal Christ' not how I actually saw it !