By Maria Mourza
The Fathers say that the Church is a great Hospital which is in operation around the clock for the past two thousand years.
A Hospital that operates for all.
For the insured and uninsured.
For the rich and for the poor.
For the known and unknown and for people who are marginalized.
A great Hospital which treats each disease no matter how deep, how infectious, and how deadly it is.
A great Hospital in which:
You enter sick and you leave in health, like the woman with an issue of blood.
You enter a persecutor and you leave an apostle, like Paul.
You enter a sinner and you leave a saint, like Saint Mary of Egypt.
You enter a wolf and you leave a lamb, like Saint Moses of Ethiopia.
You enter a corpse in decomposition and you leave risen after four days, like Lazarus!
Source: From the book Αντίδωρο by Μαρία Μουρζά (εκδ.Άθως 2011). Translated by John Sanidopoulos.