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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In what doors of your life is Jesus knocking and asking to be let in? - Daily Reflections November 3,2015


LET HIM IN
 
Today’s parable is about a man who hosted a banquet and desired to invite many. To his dismay and embarrassment, all those he invited had their own excuses not to come: one had just bought a new piece of land which he had to attend to; another five yoke of oxen that he had to test; the other is newly married (see vv. 18-20).
       This is a symbol of the Messianic banquet prepared by God for everyone. The invitations have been given out and it is RSVP. Sadly, like in the parable, many of us don’t even bother to look at the invitation.
       This parable harkens to an old painting by William Holman Hunt. It is his allegorical representation of Revelation 3:20 which says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” He called it “The Light of the World.” It depicts Jesus, holding a lamp, standing outside and knocking on a door. What is peculiar in this painting is that the door has no doorknob or any handle of sorts. Hunt explained that the door in the painting can be opened only from the inside, representing “the obstinately shut mind” of the modern man. 
       But Jesus is the Divine gentleman. He can command to be let in if He wishes so. He doesn’t really need a door to be able to enter. But there He is, out in the cold, waiting courteously for those inside to open the door and invite Him in.
       Jesus however still wears the Kingly crown, which indicates that while rejection is a possibility for Him, in the end He is still regal and victorious. How will it turn out for us? We hold the key. Fr. Joel Jason
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: In what doors of your life is Jesus knocking and asking to be let in?
 
May we hear Your voice, O Lord, and never delay to let You in. Amen.

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