As adults we may lovingly listen to a favorite child’s endless repertoire of “knock, knock” jokes. Less lovingly we endure the actual knocking on our door or the virtual knocking on our personal screens or phones. How often we call out: “Go away and leave me alone!” It seems we never have a moment of peace. Someone always wants something. It’s like the man in the Gospel whose friend knocked on his door in the middle of the night. The friend knocked on his door in the middle of the night. The friend needed bread for someone who dropped by unannounced. “I can’t help you. We’re all in bed. Go away,” the man replied. But his friend persisted until the man got up and gave him what he requested.
This happens to us well. At any hour of the day or night our Friend, the Man of the Gospel, may be standing at our door knocking. He doesn’t make it easy for us, however. We may not recognize him; his voice will be unfamiliar. He’s easy to ignore. Well, why doesn’t he say. “Hey, it’s Jesus. Can you give me hand?” At least we’d know it was the Lord, and of course we’d open immediately. Isn’t it unfair of him to just knock and expect a proper reception? In fact, Jesus could simply open the door and come in whenever he wants. He’s God! He’d always be welcome!
"Behold, I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)
During World War II a woman risked her own life to save strangers from certain death. When her neighbors asked whatever possessed her to take such a chance, she replied, “They needed help and I was there.” We may not feel that brave, but we must ask ourselves about the needy of our day. Their need may not be as dire, but they do need help and we are here. Can our excuse for not helping be that good?
We have endless opportunities to be merciful or to do a favor. You might want to look up the famous paintings by William Holman Hunt or Warner Sallman of Christ rapping on a door that has no outside handle. He can only be admitted from within. Reflect on the times Christ may stand at your door and knock.
Reflection of Blessed are the Stressed