Drink of Jesus & Quench Your Thirst Forever
Last weekend we began hearing the Bread of Life Discourse from John’s Gospel and were reminded of the foundation sacrament of our Catholic faith, the Eucharist. This weekend we’re reminded of the phrase that inspired our patron St. Teresa of Calcutta to found the Missionaries of Charity: “I thirst.”
The theme of thirsting appears throughout the Scriptures, and in a very particular way early on in John’s Gospel. During Jesus’ powerful and provocative high noon encounter with the woman of Samaria, Jesus’ thirst was not so much for water, but to quench the thirst of a parched soul.
Jesus needed to encounter the Samaritan woman in order to open her heart. He asks for a drink so as to bring to light her own thirst. The example of the Samaritan woman invites us to exclaim, “Jesus, give me a drink that will quench my thirst forever.”
When asked why this phrase in every chapel of every Missionary chapel, Mother Teresa responded, “They serve as a constant reminder of the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity. They remind us what an MC is here for: to quench the thirst of Jesus for souls, for love, for kindness, for compassion, for delicate love.”
With this gentle reminder, dear ones, of who we serve and how we are called to serve, we embark this weekend on an important next step toward building one day our own chapel where those words, “I Thirst” will no doubt be stenciled on our walls — and in our hearts.
You’re invited this weekend to spend a few moments with the architects who will provide our master site plan to hear of their work and to offer what input you might have.
If you cannot remain, please know that our Building and Land Use Committee are always ready to hear your thoughts and ideas.
- Our success in building something beautiful for God and honoring our patroness.
- That we build something which will serve the people of Western Wake and Eastern Chatham counties with great love.