“I thirst.” (John 19:28)


Some people may say that it is ironic for Jesus to thirst. Imagine, He endured 40 days of fasting in the desert, yet He thirsted when He was crucified for more than an hour. That situation exposed the human nature of Our Lord, His weaker nature, who experienced betrayal, denial, persecution, and humiliation. People thirst because it will make us find ways to gain strength to nourish our physical body. Jesus needed strength to resist His crucifixion up until His last breath.


But us humans, we experienced physical and spiritual thirst, so that we must sustain it to remain our body and soul healthy. We must supplement the physical thirst. On our current situation, where there are people who have nothing to eat and drink, we are called to help them. As stated in the Corporal Works of Mercy, we must feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, by this simple charitable act; we are able to save lives. We see Jesus in them, who experienced thirst, who suffer physical weakness because of their respective situation. We must supplement our spiritual thirst. Jesus mention on His sermon on the mount, on the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt. 5:6) Our strong desire for righteousness will be pleased by God. We must persevere to walk together as a Church, as one community, by the spirit of Synodality; to fulfill the spiritual thirst of the people and to strengthen their weakened faith.


For us to realize Jesus’ thirst, we must realize that we are all human, we have weaknesses. Despite having divine nature, Jesus manifested Himself as a human. Saint Paul wrote to the Philippians, that He emptied Himself and lived like a slave. He remained humble and obedient up until His death. (Phil. 2:7-8) Jesus emptied Himself to be one with us, for He is the Emmanuel, the God who dwelt among us.

 

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