In the depths of winter the divine child is born.
On the darkest of days we celebrate the birth of the divine child.
It is on the darkest nights of winter that God’s creative
urges wells up to give birth to his child: the divine child.
Christ is God’s child. But God is not alone.
God is always with the mother,
though she may be hidden or transparent.
Jung says :
“How am I to be creative?
Nature knows only one answer to that:
Through a child (the gift of love).”
The child is born, ‘the gift of love.’ Nature births us into world.
The divine couple births the soul into the eternal.
In the Christian myth,
the divine child is born from the virgin womb of the mother Mary.
In 431 the Council of Ephesus said that Mary is Theotokos:
“God-bearer”, “Birth-Giver of God”, “the one who gives birth to God.”
Here, within our hearts, God procreates with the Mother, the divine vessel,
giving birth to a possibility: call it the divine child,
the potential of the soul. This divine birth within is no easy task.
There is something within us that wants to kill it off,
a murderous instinct within psychic life.
The revelation of the divine child is so disastrous,
so threatening to the old guard,
that it must be killed.
According to the Gospel of Matthew 2:16–18,
Herod ordered the execution of all babies in Bethlehem,
desiring to assure the death of the divine child.
[Herod] “gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem
and its vicinity who were two years old or under,
in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”
The divine child must outlive the murderous instincts of the superego.
Our soul must survive the murderous rage of the envious tyrant
who seems to rule the inner world.
The murderous superego does not believe in the potential of our own soul.
He does not trust in the good, in the enduring.
He cannot see the soul’s potential: the child of the divine mother and father.
It is our spiritual labor to protect the child.
To be like Joseph, listening to the angels, protecting the child.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
“Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.
Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night
and left for Egypt,where he stayed until the death of Herod.
And so was fulfilled what the Lord
had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13–15)
Joseph sees the angel of the Lord,
and the angel says that he must flee Egypt, symbol of tyranny.
We must leave behind the tyranny of Herod ruled by fear,
finding a place for the soul’s birth,
and protecting the soul so that it may grow.
with thanks to the blog pathofsoul.org