28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of
sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.
The phrase “I thirst” was the life verse and the theme of Mother Teresa, who founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity and Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying.
In every Home for the Dying around the world, where they take in the poorest of the poor, there is a picture of Jesus hanging on the cross and underneath the words “I thirst,” because Mother Teresa said that it is our duty – to quench the thirst of Christ by helping those in need.
I believe the aim of our existence is to saturate the thirst of Jesus on the cross for every soul, and it is shown by our love in action.
Love in action is when we meet the needs of other people in their thirst – physical, emotional, or spiritual – out of love for Christ, who was thirsty for us.
There are people all around you who are spiritually thirsty, but nobody ever uses that term. Here are some synonyms for spiritual thirst: boredom, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, stress, and desperation.
People who are spiritually thirsty have a need for meaning, purpose, and significance. They want to hear a word from God. They want to know what to do with their lives. They desire to be more and do more but don’t have the means to make it happen.
We as Christians are called to be that “means”. We are called to put our love into action. Being Christ’s servants to those who thirst for God’s unconditional love is putting our love into action and being the disciples that Christ calls us to be.
Peace & Love Always,
Pastor Shana Dry