Your gates shall always be open; day and night they shall not be shut.
The prophet is dreaming aloud here. He sees his loved city of Jerusalem as welcoming and ready for all those who would come to find God within its walls. And our churches? Are they as ready as this future Jerusalem to make room for sinner and saint, for the privileged and the seeking, for the lost and the found? Hospitality is the first gift we can offer the stranger to our pews.
Let us ask for the grace to welcome everyone who comes to our church community.