Bronze Door,
Sculpted by Gavin Turk (born 1967),
Executed in 2012,
Painted and patinated bronze,
© Gavin Turk

Bronze Door,
Sculpted by Gavin Turk (born 1967),
Executed in 2012,
Painted and patinated bronze,
© Gavin Turk

Gospel of 24 July 2022

Knock, and the door will be opened to you

Luke 11: 1-13

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’

He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray: ‘“Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.”’

He also said to them: ‘Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, “My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him”; and the man answers from inside the house, “Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it you.” I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.

‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

Reflection on the sculpture

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray. It is a very intimate and beautiful reading. It talks about one of the most important aspects of the spiritual life: prayer!

To help us understand prayer, Jesus gives us the image of a door: 'Knock and the door will be opened for you'. I am sharing with you an image of a door by British contemporary artist Gavin Turk. With its paint seemingly peeling away, it appears to have been left to the elements of nature for some years. In fact, this is not an original wooden door. It is a bronze sculpture, imitating a weathered door. Made from bronze, it has a permanent quality to it. The door can’t be destroyed by rain or adverse weather.
Jesus knew the symbolism that doors hold. Doors open and close, depending on which side you look at the door. A door is both an entrance and an exit, but doors are first and foremost an entrance. Doors  symbolise the transition and passageway from one place to another, from the old to the new. Jesus uses the image of the door in exactly this way. He shows us that when we open the doors of our souls even just a little to Jesus, the light will come in and he will show us the way. We know the space we are in, but not yet the space that lies ahead behind the door.
Jesus uses the image of the door when his disciples ask him how to pray. He tells us that on God's door there is no ‘do not disturb’ sign on the handle. We must simply knock and walk in...

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Claire Vadori
Claire Vadori
1 year ago

we can dare to ask for having an answer….If we make an action in one way and ask for help to continue, I think that help can come to realize our goal…

Patricia O'Brien
Patricia O'Brien
1 year ago

The message from Jesus to me today is “be more persistent”
Oh, and forgive!

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