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Musings 2005/190

that we may thirst for him. [8]

2561 "You would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." [9]
Paradoxically our prayer of petition is a
response to the plea of the living God: "They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water!" [10]
Prayer is the response of faith to the free promise of    salvation and also

a response of love
to the thirst
of the only Son of God. [11] P

The Catechism of The Catholic Church here intimates that we might well believe that Jesus' I thirst could well mean that His thirst is for souls.
John Paul the Great also mentioned a similar probability.
PWe have found the Messiah  (Jn 1:41)     
8. The Gospels relate many meetings between Jesus and the men and women of his day. A common feature of all these narratives is the transforming power present and manifest in these encounters with Jesus, inasmuch as they initiate an authentic process of conversion, communion and solidarity  11 Among the most significant is the meeting with the Samaritan woman (cf. Jn 4:5-42).

Jesus calls her
in order to quench his thirst,
a thirst
which was not only physical:

indeed, he who asked for a drink was

thirsting for the faith of that woman.12

By saying to her Give me a drink  (Jn 4:7) and speaking to her about living water, the Lord awakened in the Samaritan woman a question, almost a prayer for something far greater than she was capable of understanding at the time: 

Sir, give me this water,
that I may not thirst  (Jn 4:15). 

( ECCLESIA IN AMERICA (The Church in America) P
Everything that Jesus said on The Cross
had to be of the utmost importance. From The Cross He gave to each and every person, His Own Mother to be our Mother.
From The Cross He said
Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing, teaching us the ultimate lesson of God's unfathomable mercy for His children and the great lesson:- love one another, love that we must have even for our enemies.
But who was there to relieve His thirst?
It has seems to me that when He said I thirst, there was one person present who was in the position to relieve His thirst - Mary!
It seems to me that there could ever be only one person who could relieve this
thirst - Mary.

Yes Mary, but with the help of her children.

P I am here with the Apostle John who represents all of you, my beloved sons,

beneath the Cross
on which my Son Jesus
is living out the bloody hours
of his atrocious agony.

Every moan of his agony pierces, as a sword, my sorrowful soul. Every drop of his suffering is gathered in the open chalice of my Immaculate Heart.

I am here
to seek a little love and compassion
to offer, in order to alleviate
the great thirst of Jesus
who is in agony. P

Yet this great thirst of Jesus was to be quenched perfectly on The Cross because on The Cross He drew all things to Himself - he drew all persons to Himself, all those in the Book of Life.

  1. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself. John 12.
And if He thus drew all things to Himself
then His
thirst is quenched,
then and there.
P  Remain, O my Son, on the Cross. I am here to help You stretch Yourself on your scaffold, to suffer, to die.
Remain, O my Son, on the Cross: only thus do You save us;

only thus do You draw
the whole world to Yourself.

For this You came down from the bosom of the Father into my virginal motherly womb.
O precious and fruitful Cross who carry in your arms the Saviour  of the world!
O sweet and saving wood, upon which is hung the price of our ransom!
O Cross, blessed and sanctified by the Paschal Victim who today is immolating Himself upon you in the one and only Sacrifice which redeems and saves all!
(The Blue Book chapter 400. Refer page 1, herein.)

Jesus gave us His Mother from The Cross because it was to be His Mother who would quench His thirst, this thirst to draw the Mother's children of every age and of every nation, unto Himself, unto His Mystical Body, unto The Universal Church.

It is the Infinite Merits of Christ, Himself,
that paid the price of salvation for the world,
that drew up all things to Himself,

yet in order to accomplish this, He chose to need the help of others, most especially His blessed Mother. While Christ made everything possible, He nevertheless needed help to attain the complete victory.
That is clear because even though He obtained complete victory on The Cross He still needed our

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