Church Doors Should Always Be Open

Puerta de Catedral Metropolitana

These are two of my adult children admiring the amazing craftsmanship at one of the entryways to the Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City. My son, like his grandfather, is a woodworker so all items made from wood came under his scrutiny. And, I expect, gave him a few ideas for future projects.

The next morning, I went for a sunrise walk hoping to sit in the church during the early morning quiet under the watchful eye of the saints. But, the iron fences surrounding the church were locked barring entry from all but the keepers of the property. Jesus said, “knock, and it will be opened to you.”  I knocked on the gate to no avail. No one answered.

What does it say to the people when the church door is closed? Does the Church believe people only have spiritual needs during hours of operation convenient for the leadership? I believe the church exists to serve the people and, as such, should always have wide open doors. It should be open for the convenience of the people not for the ease of the leadership.

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One thought on “Church Doors Should Always Be Open

  1. Our church used to be open at all hours, but when people started wandering the property with an eye to steal anything metal, we had to lock it when someone was not on the premises. A large bell was taken from our set of bells one night, so we had to start locking the bells. At least in our parish the rectory is on the property, and the priest is happy to open the church for anyone who wants to sit in it, if he is there.

    I remember visiting Westminster Abbey and having to wait for the doors to open. So many churches have been vandalized and desecrated in modern times… I agree with you that it’s a shame for a church to be closed. Our church is in an out-of-the-way place, but a cathedral in Mexico City? You’d think that they could staff it for the many visitors who must wish they could enter.

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