I finished Pope Francis letter on the ‘Gospel of Joy.’ One of the striking statement was, ” the doors of the Church should always be open.”
A sign of Gods openness is that our church doors should always be open so that those who seek God will not find a closed door; nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness (47). He repeats that he prefers a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us it is the fact that many of our brothers and sisters are living without the friendship of Jesus Christ (49).
There are so many reasons we give why we have to lock the doors of the church. The homeless might sleep in the church. Someone broke into the poor box 25 years ago.
I think Pope Francis would still say, “yes keep the doors of the church always open.”
The reason Pope Francis gives is that you never know when grace will touch someone heart. They go to the church to pray and it is locked. The Doors of Jesus Heart are always open.
May this advent always keep the Doors of Our Heart Open.