MARY, OUR MOTHER

Monday, May 25, 2009

 
SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #587
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS ON THE CROSS
4. The Sixth Word
Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: "I thirst." (John 19:28)

THE THIRST OF JESUS: The cry: "I thirst," revealed not only the torturing bodily thirst which our Blessed Lord was suffering, but also His burning desire for our salvation and our love. The desire for our salvation was the cause of all our Lord's pain. It is our business--not that of His executioners--to quench His burning thirst by appreciating and responding to His infinite love, and by caring for the salvation of our own souls. 


[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)