‘Behold I stand at the door and knock’

 

There is a New Year’s custom known as ‘First Footing.’ ‘The first foot over the threshold decides the luck of the year’ runs an old proverb. Consequently organized households have always ensured somebody lucky was sent to the front door to enter at midnight!

 

A Victorian picture called ‘The Light of the World, by Holman Hunt, also shows a visitor, with one hand holding a lantern, and the other hand knocking on a closed door.  The visitor is Christ and His face is sad, because no one is answering. ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…’ (Revelation 3:20)

 

Indeed it is clearly a long time, since anyone answered that door. The weeds have climbed up where they couldn’t have grown if it was used, the iron work has rusted and the abundant brambles show that no gardener tends the entrance. Hovering above is not a singing bird, but a bat to show it is night and no one answers.

 

There is no handle on the door, which shows that it can only be opened from within.  Christ continues to knock, but only the occupier can let Him enter.  The closed door represents the obstinate and closed mind of those who don’t want to know.

 

In 2013 as well as welcoming all visitors to our homes we would do well to make sure that the door of our hearts is open to Christ; may He not knock without answer.

 

 A happy New Year to you all.

 

Father Michael

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