"After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him." John 13:5 (NIV84)

If Jesus was at a hospital, the first thing you'd think is that he'd be a doctor. "The Great Physician now is here, the sympathizing Jesus." Healing is a natural fit for Jesus.  These days though you might expect him to be CEO, organizing a bevy of doctors to heal the masses. That would be more efficient, and fits His headship of his body, the church.

It might be a bit of a stretch, but he might be the cook.

The feeding of crowds, on a very limited budget, looks great on his resume and after 40 years of providing manna in the wilderness, he's developed a thick skin concerning complaints about the food.

I'd like to think of him as a janitor, taking the nearly invisible role of a servant, yet I've no doubt he'd be a shepherd/pastor/visitor - looking in on his beloved - encouraging them with his presence in the valley of the shadow of death.

I find it hard to imagine him as a patient - apart from his last day, he seems the picture of health - but if he were a patient I have no trouble  guessing what kind of a patient he would be - I've met many of his disciples in hospital and they are almost always filled with unexpected grace. In the midst of their pain and humiliation they praise the nurses and PSWs; they cheer their visitors, they pray for their roommates (and that annonymous person moaning ceaselelssly in the room down the hall). Sometimes they even give thanks for the food!

If there is a hierarchy in hospitals, the lowest rung would be the people whom the janitors and orderlies are glad not to be: the nurses and PSWs. The bottom of the ladder must belong to those who have to wipe the bottoms of their clients. Butt there, washing feet and feces we'd almost certainly find Jesus. And so we do.

Praying for miracles is not a way of avoiding problems or keeping our hands clean. It is an important observation to note that in his healing ministry Jesus drew near the demoniacs, then delivered; he laid hands on the sick, then healed. He washed his disciples feet, when he could have just prayed them clean. Reeking of the pig sty, the prodigal Son is hugged and kissed by his father, then he is given a change of clothes.. It is just as important as representatives of Christ that our prayers should not be a way of avoiding involvement with the pain and muck of the world, but our prayers should lead us to mraculously embrace the needy, even when the ultimate goal is a miraculous change. 

Ultimately Hospital Earth is full of little Christs, those giving a cup of water, and those receiving it. "Blessed are you, for in doing this for the least of these my children, you have done it unto me." The one serving in Christ's name sees Christ in the one they are serving, the one being served has seen Christ in the service. So Christ is all in all.