The Church is a hospital

Jesus Christ is LORD!

Blessed be Jesus Christ on this day where we remember Saint Patrick, the man who brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Irish. Patrick was a lover of Christ, he had come to know Christ and wanted others to share with him this greatest treasure. He lived Philippians 1:21 – he was willing to die for Christ because for him Christ is Life.

In his own words:

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for Christ’s name. I want to spend myself for that country, even in death, if the Lord should grant me this favor. It is among that people that I want to wait for the promise made by him, who assuredly never tells a lie. He makes this promise in the Gospel: “They shall come from the east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This is our faith: believers are to come from the whole world.

– from the Confession of Saint Patrick (thanks to SWP from Catholicland!)

Jesus Christ is truly the greatest treasure we could ever seek, the best and most lovely possession we can have. Words can not do justice to his love. Why not seek Jesus Christ and love him? Why not cling to him whatever befalls? There are many would-be Christians who are attracted to the person of Christ, but decide to turn their focus away from him and what is attractive about him, to turn their eyes instead to the many weaknesses of Christians. As long as they continue to ignore the divine beauty of the Savior, the ugliness of the sins of Christians are more than enough to keep them firmly in the place they want to be, living the way they want to live. They are very fond of reminding themselves and others that Christianity is great, “except for the Christians” – that they will not consider joining the Church because it is filled with hypocrites.

Did they ever stop to consider that the Church might be a hospital? If the Church is a hospital for sinners, sinners would be the most likely kind of person you would find there.

Are they not themselves also sinners? Don’t they also need the Divine Physician, Jesus Christ?

If they are attracted to the life and message of Jesus Christ, they should get over themselves, and join us hypocrites. There’s always room for one more.

Enough with the criticizing – if our flame burns too low, let them throw their torches into our midst!

We’re not Christians because we’re great people. We’re Christians because we have come to know that Jesus Christ is the life of the world. By his teaching and his power, we’re becoming better people than we once were.

No one should become a Christian because of Christians (at least not primarily) – but because of Jesus Christ.


2 thoughts on “The Church is a hospital

  1. I absolutely love this post. Reminds me of a quote by Mahatma Ghandi. If it weren’t for Christians, I’d be a Christian. Maybe he didn’t get it?

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