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Frankie's World (Revelation 3:20)

Frankie's World (Revelation 3:20)

Oil and charcoal on canvas
20 x 24”

This work shows a painting and a postcard by
my late Uncle Frankie, who died before I was
born. Revelation 3:20 reads, “Behold, I stand at
the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
and opens the door, then I will enter his house
and dine with him, and he with me.”

Anthony de Mello, S.J., talks about how God sends us love letters through different people, events, and graces throughout our lives. But the mistake is to fall in love with the letter and forget the person. I associate this sense of longing to know God to my relationship with my Uncle Frankie – who died in his thirties when living in Saint Louis before I was born. His postcard and painting are like those love letters – those things he has left behind that I know him by. Yet, I only know him through those things and the stories that others share about him. I hope one day that I will meet him, and I trust it will be the same day that I meet God too – the senders of those postcards, the authors of those paintings. Perhaps seeing God in all things means that we see those things as artifacts – as postcards or paintings – that express God’s love for us but from a distance. They strengthen our love for God and our longing for the day he will knock and dine with us.

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