Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Advent Year 2
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” (Revelation 3: 20 – 22)
(Edited and republished from Tuesday December 17, 2019)
This picture of Jesus knocking at a door is known in the Christian world, that of our Lord Jesus knocking at our door. There are many paintings of it. It is a reminder that it is our Lord Jesus who is seeking us well before we even thought about trying to find him. Many people will say after they have turned their lives around for the better that they “found Jesus.” It would be more correct to say that they finally began to follow Jesus.
No human salesperson knocks on your door, or calls you on the phone, or advertizes on your computer for your complete happiness. They want your money. They are in it for themselves. Many will say that quality or your safety is their first priority. However, if they didn’t make a profit they wouldn’t have a business at all. So profit is really their first priority.
Our Lord Jesus is truly looking for you for your benefit. He will never abandon you when life challenges you. He may not make whatever is happening to you go away but he will stay with you through it. And it may be that whatever hell you are going through will end this life, and if so, our Lord Jesus will accompany you and continue to lead you on the other side. We must never give up.
This is what it means to conquer. And “To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John