Monday, April 8, 2019
“Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.” [Psalm 118:19-20]
I remember waiting for the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem to open each morning. About five of us would venture out of our hotel just as the sun crested the horizon and we would make our way through the cobbled streets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We entered through the city gates and then through the gates of the courtyard and finally through the large doors of the church to give thanks to the Lord. One morning in the church, I noticed a number of colorful doors within the church, as the church had many different alcoves and even levels of worship spaces. Out of curiosity I tried a number of the doors, only to find them all locked. As we worshipped that morning, I couldn’t help but wonder how churches intentionally or inadvertently keep worshippers out. What do we do that keeps others out? How might we open wide the gates of righteousness to those outside of the church?
Holy One, help me to live in such a way that my life is like a gate flung wide open to your abiding presence. Use my life as an invitation for others to experience your compassionate mercy and generous love. Help me to help others to enter into your presence and give you thanks. Amen.