Posted by: fvbcdm | December 23, 2013

Feast of Saint John of Kanty (23 December 2013)

“I stand at the door and knock, says the Lord. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sit down to supper with him and he with me.”  This is a quotation from the book of Revelation, chapter three, and is the communion antiphon for today’s Mass.  It is most appropriate as we approach Christmas Day, when Christ appears in our world, for if we welcome him into our hearts and lives, he will sit down to supper with us —an intimate meal as friends and family gather around the table to break bread together and enjoy each other’s company.  An English painter by the name of Holman Hunt painted a picture based upon that scripture passage. It shows Our Lord with a lantern in one hand, knocking on the door of a cottage. Because of the lantern, the artist called the painting: “The Light of the World.” For years that picture hung in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Someone pointed out to the artist that he had omitted something: there is no doorknob visible on the door.  But he replied that he deliberately omitted the doorknob; he wanted to indicate that the door could only be opened from INSIDE.  Our Lord knocks and wants to come in, but we must admit him and welcome him; otherwise, he cannot enter at all since he will not force himself into our lives.

So now, as we are on the brink of our feast of Jesus’s birth, he stands at the door of our lives, the door of the world, and knocks.  Let us open the door with joy, and welcome him with tremendous delight and full-hearted hospitality. He comes to have a warm, friendly supper with us in this world, and then admit us to the eternal banquet of his Father in the life to come.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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