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After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), "I thirst." John 19:28

* Meditation on the Fifth Word

There is a kind of timelessness about hanging on a cross.

It is not a quiet death,

over in an instant in one glorious moment of martyrdom

like being torn apart by lions.

A cross is as much an instrument of torture

as it is a gallows from which to hang,

 

And as the day wears on

seconds stretch into minutes which stretch into hours

until there comes a point when time can no longer be measured

except in the gradual weakening of the body

and its ever more insistent demands

for that substance which is so vital to life

so foundational to all living things

so basic to existence as we know it: -- water.

 

Water to moisten a parched mouth

Water to free a swollen tongue

Water to open a rasping throat that cannot gasp enough air.

Water to keep hope alive

to keep life alive just a few moments longer.

 

Water, to a crucified man, is life.

 

"O God, thou art my  God, I seek thee,

my soul thirsts for thee;

my flesh faints for thee

as in a dry and weary land where no water is."

 

Who can tell if these words from Psalm 63 went through Jesus mind

but a thirst for water is a thirst for life

and a thirst for life is a thirst for God

who promises streams in the desert

mighty rivers in the dry land

and living water to wash away every tear.

 

Here, at the end of it all those promises seem far away, -

distant.

And yet Jesus - forsaken by God

still clings to the memory and the hope of life.

 

"I thirst."

 

Richard J. Fairchild

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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