November 17, 2020

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

Today’s passage from the Book of Revelation includes the final three letters of seven written to churches of Asia by the apostle John, exiled on the island of Patmos. They follow a similar presentation: an opening address, a description of the glorified Christ, a word of blame or praise, an admonition to faithfulness, and a promise.

John’s audience is the universal church. He writes at a time when the faith and the resolve of Christians are being tested. They are experiencing persecution for the sake of the name of Jesus, the loss of familial bonds, status, and reputation, the lessening of first fervor, apostasy by some, and easy accommodation by others to the spirit of the age. John’s purpose in writing is to strengthen and reassure his fellow believers. The promise ever before them is eternal life and glory on high through their union with the Lamb of God in his paschal mystery.

Through it all, whatever may come, they are not alone. A mysterious visitor stands at the door and knocks. It is the same risen Lord whom the two disciples encountered as they made their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus late in the afternoon of Easter. He speaks to their hearts, enters the inner recesses of their being, and dines with them. What intimacy! What hope! Christ is the living Bread for the passage to God.

What have you been experiencing lately? Sadness, fatigue, disillusionment? Open the door of your heart today; let Christ enter.

Let us pray:

God, you have opened the way before us to the promised land. Christ is the way and all we need to reach you. Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.