Thursday, April 05, 2007

"Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst." (John 19: 28).

Creator of the world is in agony. Eternal Wisdom covers with darkness the Cross, eternal omnipotence becomes powerless weakness, eternal glory is overcome by shameful crime, eternal innocence is lost in the midst of society outcasts, immortality is dying in convulsions! All is inside out! Is there something seriously wrong with creation? In fact, all earth is covered with kind of dreadful pall, as if concealing incredibly shameful events: "There was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour
" (Luke 23: 44). And in the midst of these darkness suddenly all hear the loud voice: "I thirst!" How terribly Our Lord must have suffered! He says with this cry His tongue is extremely parched, He is overcome by terrible weakness, His body is like white-hot stone, His bones are like charred hearth. And the heart is like sunburned grass. "I thirst!". And who thirsts? He who so many times called: " If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink" (John 7: 37). The incredible thirst Jesus suffered during His Passion is to do penance for our love of food, so common overindulgence in eating and drinking, in satisfying palates. This suffering also has spiritual meaning, for Our Lord greatest desire was to fulfill His Father's will. He said previously: "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me" (John 4:34). Now He puts on top of that His thirst for He wants us to remember that - Blessed are those who thirsts for justice, who thirsts for perfection. He desires first of all the salvation of all souls. Keeping this in mind, can someone be indifferent to straying souls, to souls of sinners and those in agony? Let us be zealous in thirsting for souls, for all souls and in this way we will try to satisfy Our Lord's most intense desire: "I thirst!"