In my parish church, the Tabernacle is in a side chapel, which is actually located at the rear of the church. This means that during Mass, people are sitting with their backs to Jesus. Needless to say, the atmosphere in the church is one of total disrespect for the presence of God. Loud chatter, laughing and conversations are commonplace before and after Mass.
But in the chapel, which I'm pleased to say that five or six people have actually discovered, there is silence and respect for being in the presence of Jesus. But I digress. Let's get back to the Mass, where we are sitting with our backs to Jesus, Who really belongs front and centre in any Mass. We seem to have two camps in our church about whether the chapel doors should be left open or closed during Mass.
Some contend that it is proper to close the chapel doors during Mass, to lessen the impact of us having our backs to God, and to eliminate the disrespect of people not genuflecting when they pass by the Tabernacle as they enter and leave their seats before and after Mass.
Others say they should be left open during Mass so that people can be closer to God. (I contend that the best way to be closer to God is to include Him in the Mass by making Him the central figure, but that's not an option here).
So what we have is a mismatch of doors open one Sunday, and closed another. Maybe they think God doesn't really care as long as our intentions are good. After all, aren't we behaving exactly as we have been taught in the spirit of Vatican II?