GeE 136: Jesus Knocks

See the source imagePope Francis uses a very familiar New Testament image:

136. True enough, we need to open the door of our hearts to Jesus, who stands and knocks (cf. Revelation 3:20).

Standing the image on its head, as the pope often does:

Sometimes I wonder, though, if perhaps Jesus is already inside us and knocking on the door for us to let him escape from our stale self-centeredness. In the Gospel, we see how Jesus “went through the cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1).

Again, a most important aspect of the Gospel: getting beyond narcissism and engaging others through a genuine encounter.

After the resurrection, when the disciples went forth in all directions, the Lord accompanied them (cf. Mark 16:20). This is what happens as the result of true encounter.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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