Way of the Cross. WYD’ 2016. Station XII – JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY

V. Adoramus Te Christe et benedicimus Tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the holy Gospel according to John:

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.

(Jn 19:28-29)

I was thirsty and you gave me (no) drink…

What does a dying person desire? What desires does a dying child have? You were offered vinegar. The last human gesture toward you. A moment before your death. The last mockery. The last act of hostility. As the Psalmist said: I looked for compassion but there was none […] they gave me poison for my food; and for my thirst they gave me vinegar (Ps 69(68):21-22). We spared nothing! Not even mockery of your last desire… It scares me to think that this could happen again, even today. That I can be apathetic, that I can want to flee from the desire of lonely, dying people.

Sometimes people close to me who are dying. Or that I can try to dismiss this desire with just anything: expensive gadgets, that are supposed to replace presence.

Lord Jesus, you know the desires of every human heart. You want to saturate them with Living Water — whoever drinks it will never thirst. This water, which you give, is the Holy Spirit — he who in the mystery of the Trinity is personal Love. Let us, like you, discover and understand human desires and, also like you, go out to meet them. Let us truly stand with the thirsty man — with a cup of water, and with love, which is the channel of Living Water. We bless you for all those who accompany you present in the dying. For doctors, nurses, workers in hospices, terminal care branches, and therapeutic care facilities. For all the volunteers and those who financially support hospices. Only you fulfill every human desire forever and ever. Amen.

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ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

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