Friday, October 05, 2007

The Lord is always knocking at the doors of the human heart.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Homily, Feast of the Archangels
September 29, 2007

Gabriel is the messenger of the Incarnation of God. He knocks at Mary's door, and through him, God himself asks Mary for her Yes to the proposal to become the Mother of the Redeemer, to give her human flesh to the eternal Word of God, to the Son of God.

The Lord is always knocking at the doors of the human heart. In the Apocalypse, He tells the "angel" of the Church of Laodicea, and through Him, to men of all time: "Behold, I am knocking at the door. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will come to him, I will sup with him and he with me" (3,20).

The Lord is at the door -- at the door of the world and at the door of every single heart. He knocks to be allowed to enter: the Incarnation of God, His becoming flesh, should continue to the end of time. Everyone should be reunited in Christ in a single body: that is what we are told by the great hymns to Christ in the Letter to the Ephesians and that to the Colossians.

Christ is knocking. Even today, He needs persons who, so to speak, place their own flesh at His disposal, who give Him the substance of the world and of their life, serving this way the unification of God and the world, the reconciliation of the Universe.

Dear friends, it is your task to knock in the name of Christ at the hearts of men. By entering yourself into union with Christ, you too will take on the function of Gabriel: to bring the call of God to man.

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