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“I am burning, I thirst! O please, give Me a little drop of your love to give a little refreshment to my ardent thirst.”

Fifth word: "I'm thirsty" (second part)

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After this, when Jesus realized that everything was now completed, he said (in order to fulfill the Scripture), “I’m thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was standing there, so they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. (John 19:28-29)

Jesus is tortured in His passion; because of the loss of blood He is weakened and thirsty. Thirst is a physical need that Jesus feels as we all do; even in today's world it is a tragedy for many nations.

At the beginning of the Gospel of John, Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well of Sicar and asks her for water to drink (Jn 4). In their dialogue water takes on a spiritual meaning. Jesus’ thirst is a thirst for love for people as they are, with their poverty and their wounds... Jesus’ thirst is that each of us can live fully and be filled with joy. His thirst is to break the chains that close us in guilt and selfishness, preventing us from advancing and growing in inner freedom. Jesus' thirst is to release the deepest energies hidden within us so that we can become men and women of compassion. It is to become artisans of peace like Him, without fleeing the suffering and conflicts of our world, but taking our place in it and creating communities and places of love, so as to bring hope on earth.

On April 20, 1938 Jesus told Luisa that the pain that most pierced Him on the cross was His ardent thirst. He felt He was burning alive; all the vital humors had gone out through His wounds which, like many mouths, were burning and wanted to quench their ardent thirst; so much so, that unable to contain Himself, He cried out: ‘I thirst!’ This ‘I thirst’ remained and is always in the act of saying: ‘I thirst’. Jesus never stops saying it; with His open wounds, with His parched lips, He is always repeating: ‘I am burning, I thirst! O please, give Me a little drop of your love to give a little refreshment to my ardent thirst’.

So, in everything the creature does, Jesus keeps repeating with His mouth opened and burned: ‘Let Me drink, I am burning of thirst.’ His dislocated and wounded Humanity had only one cry: ‘I thirst!’; therefore, as the creature walks, He cries out to her steps with His parched mouth: ‘Give Me your steps, done for love of Me, to quench My thirst.’ If she works, He asks for her works, done only for love of Him, as refreshment for His ardent thirst; if she speaks, He asks for her words; if she thinks, He asks for her thoughts - like many little drops of love to refresh His ardent thirst. It was not just His mouth that was burning, but all of His Most Holy Humanity felt the extreme need of a refreshing bath for the ardent fire of love that burned Him; and since it was for the creatures that He was burning in excruciating pains, only creatures, with their love, could quench His ardent thirst and give a refreshing bath to His Humanity

Jesus left this cry - ‘I thirst!’- inside His Will, and He made the commitment to make creatures hear it in every instant, to move them to compassion for His ardent thirst; to give them His bath of love and receive theirs, be it even just little drops, as refreshment for the thirst that devours Him. But who listens to Him? Who has compassion for Him? Only one who lives in the Divine Will. All the others play deaf, and maybe increase His thirst with their ingratitude, making Him restless and with no hope of refreshment..

From the beginning until the end of His life, Jesus asks us to quench His thirst. He comes to us as a beggar, as One who is thirsty and who asks for something we can give Him. Man needs food, work, education, respect but it is not enough for him. He needs to love and be loved, but even that is not enough for him. Man needs to find God and the meaning of life. But there is also the thirst of the Christian. Mother Teresa of Calcutta had the words "I am thirsty" written on the wall of every chapel of her Missionaries of Charity. And she said, "Our life should be a response to Jesus' cry."

by don Marco

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