I spent the weekend in the hospital with various folks from the parish. This prompted me to ponder the saying from (I think) Mike Yaconelli who wrote in Messy Spirituality, “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” I've encountered the analogy of the church to a hospital many times over the years. Certainly Jesus as the Great Physician, the Great Healer,works here. What intrigues me today is the thought that all of us present at our services need healing, and many of us have received healing--some of us over and over (what else is confession and absolution, after all?).
It is Good News that we have this spiritual hospital available to us. And another piece of Good News that we are welcomed into the company of others who are being healed.