Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Christian Heritage - August 2 - Christ Knocks at the Disciples' Hearts

"The disciples constrained him, saying: 'Remain with us, Lord, for evening is coming on.' These beautiful words are deserving of close attention. The disciples took such great delight in the devout and holy conversation of Christ that they could not tear themselves away from him. That is a sign by which to recognize the true and authentic children of God. Christ says: Those who are of God hear the word of God. We see, moreover, in these two disciples an example of great hospitality, for they not only ask but compel Christ to remain with them, telling him that it would be uncomfortable to travel further in the night. The Lord therefore indulged them and went in with them. Not without good reason do the scriptures say: See, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door to me, I will come in to you and sup with you, and you with me. He had already been knocking at the door of these disciples' hearts, and he had knocked so effectively that, as we are told, their hearts were burning within them. They opened the door to him and called him, and he went in with them."

Johannes Hoffmeister, O.S.A. (ca. AD 1547), Third Sunday after Easter

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