I remember reading once in a church bulletin a lengthy exposition on love and forgiveness based on a meditation upon Rembrandt’s painting of the return of the prodigal son. It was pretty much a first experience for me to base a meditation upon a painting. But as I think back, there is a recollection of something similar.
When I was a boy I remember seeing holy cards with a picture of You knocking on a door that had no knob on the outside. I always liked that picture. It touched a special chord in me. Not till very recently did I do some research on the internet to find out more about the original painting.
It was done by the 19th century British artist, William Holman Hunt, and is titled The Light of the World. The door metaphor signifies that Your light cannot enter my heart (my life) unless I open it to You from the inside – but You never cease knocking. The closed door admits not a single ray of Your light (Your love). This is the way it is with love. It never enters unless we open to it from the inside.Being open to Your knock and Your light is a disposition that comes from within. Your persistence to show me Your light never fails, but there are plenty of times when I ignore Your knocking.