As I reflect and prepare my heart for Mass tomorrow, the following verse comes to mind:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
This verse has been depicted by artists with Jesus standing outside of a door that has no doorknob. The door only opens from the inside. This illustrates the idea that Jesus does not break down the door and force himself upon us. We have to decide to invite Jesus in.
There is more to the story, however. There is something not usually portrayed in the artwork. After we decide to open the door to him, something else happens. A meal takes place. Jesus “comes into us” and “sups with us.” He eats with us and we eat with him. This is the Holy Eucharist. This is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This is the fulfillment of “unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.” We receive Christ in Communion, in the Holy Eucharist. We partake of the meal that gives eternal life because we have opened the door to him and he humbles himself and serves it to us.
This is the answer to the question that non-Catholic Christians often ask Catholics, which is, “Have you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?” The answer is, “Yes, every time I go to Mass I receive his body, blood, soul and divinity into me. This happens because I have opened the door of my heart to him, and he provides the meal.” Nothing is more personal than receiving Christ into your heart, your soul and your body.