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Rev Andrew J Demotses

Some people would have us believe that we are nothing more than thinking animals, and the objects of the blind forces of nature. The whole of our Judeo-Christian tradition, however, teaches us that we are the “crown of all creation” having been accorded the distinction of having both the ability and freedom to choose or reject a relationship with God.

The magnificent book of Revelation portrays Jesus as saying, “Behold, I stand at your door and knock.” (3:2). This raises the question of why Jesus does not come in. Does he not have the power to enter wherever he wishes? Elsewhere, in fact, Scripture tells us “the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors . . . when Jesus came and stood among them.” (Jn 20:19). Why, then, does He choose to stand outside, knocking at the door of each frail human heart? Could He not break down that door in a moment, and eliminate any opposing barrier? Yes, but in doing so he would also destroy what is unique in each of us, for what makes us human is precisely that ability to open the door.

If we did not have the power to both open the door and keep it closed, we would not be responsible, or accountable. God might then do with us what he wanted, but we would not be worth His possession. We would simply be like the unconscious stars that He fills with light and the winds which He directs on their way.

But if the stars and the winds had been enough, God would never have said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) He made us in his image and according to His likeness, precisely because He meant us to be more than a star. He meant us to respond to Himself, to open at His knocking at our door, and to enter into a relationship with Him.

Have you heard the knocking at your door? Have you opened it to invite Him to enter? Remember that in all of Creation, only we can say “yes or “no” to God.

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