Jesus Thirsts for Us

While Jesus was suffering on the cross on that first Good Friday, he said a simple phrase, “I thirst” (John 19:28). Many spiritual writers have seen his action not simply as a practical desire for water to quench his thirst, but a deeper spiritual thirst for souls.

In particular, Saint Teresa of Calcutta was famous for this meditation and wrote a powerful meditation from the point of view of Jesus on the cross (Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent & East-er).

“It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

“Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit. ‘No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU.’”

It is a beautiful meditation that puts Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross in its proper context. He suf-fered and died for you and me, desiring us as the “apple of his eye.”

As we continue on our Lenten journey, let us contemplate Jesus’ thirst for us and open our hearts to him, as we do in the spiritual pathway the “Way of the Heart,” and let him in. He seeks us and loves us dearly, we just have to let down our guard and allow his love and mercy to “wash us clean as new snow.”

Philip KosloskiWriter and Content Manager
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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