The Open Door

In the Book of Revelation, we are told, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut” (Rev 3:8). The Sacred Humanity of Our Lord is that open door, giving us access to our Heavenly Father. All our prayers are offered to the Father through Jesus; all God’s blessings are bestowed upon us through Jesus. He is the Mediator between God and man.

And no one can close this door. The Incarnation and subsequent birth of Jesus are historical events. They happened, and the consequences of those happenings cannot be undone. Jesus came to be one of us. Though the Eternal Son of the Father, He assumed a real human body and a real human soul, an immortal soul, one destined to live for ever upon its creation. In this we see how much God must love us. Jesus did not take on the appearance of a human being. His flesh was not a garment to be discarded. He remained what He was—God—yet became one of us, committing for all time His divine Person to that most beautiful, yet created, Sacred Humanity.

We know that in our present day there are many attempts to close that door, to ignore Christ, to silence Christ, to reject Christ. Yet Scripture encourages us to once again, “Behold,” to see in the face of this tiny, helpless Infant, the face of the Father, who is Merciful Love. Let us gaze upon Him with love to repair the indifference of so many. Let us read in His body language, His arms outstretched in welcome, the love which is beating in His Heart for each one of us. Let us adore Him in our hearts, especially in the Eucharist, which is His Sacred Humanity present to us in a wonderful, though hidden manner. Yes, the same Body that Mary held in her arms is present with us now in the Eucharistic Host. How can so great a Love, poured out upon all of us, ever be defeated?

So above all, let us have hope, and rejoice in the birth of Our Lord. The Light has come into this world, and the darkness will never prevail.