October 5, 2022     12:17 pm
127. Week of Sixth Sunday in Lent - Sunday
I thirst.
          I thirst.   John 19:28
          Consider all that the Saviour had suffered so far. And now He was in bodily anguish of death. In the prophecy He Himself relates this as follows: "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue clings to my jaws; and You have brought me into the dust of death." (Ps. 22:14,15.) But Jesus also knew that all things were now accomplished that were necessary for our salvation and now, like a poor dying man, He said: "I thirst." Doesn't that touch one's heart? Now there was a vessel full of vinegar; and straightway one of them that stood by ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed of hyssop , and put it to His mouth for Him to drink. But in doing it, he mockingly remarked, together with the others: "Let Him alone; let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down!" Thus also that word of Scripture was fulfilled which, again, He Himself had spoken through the mouth of David: "They gave Me also gall for My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink." (Ps. 69:21.) - When putting the two words together which came from the lips of Jesus in immediate succession, the words: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" and: "I thirst," you must perceive that the Saviour tasted all the anguish of death which we sinners have deserved. Thereby He merited for us that God will tenderly care for us in the hour of death, more tenderly than a mother cares for her sick and restless child, and through His Holy Spirit will soothe us into a blessed sleep.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus Christ, since You suffered all, yes, truly, all things for me and for my soul's welfare, I pray You: When the anguish of death shall come upon me, when my strength shall leave me, when my heart shall break with fear, when all human aid must vanish, come and help me, shorten the agony of death, drive the evil spirits from me, comfort me with the comfort of Your salvation, and let me gently fall asleep in You. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 5, 2022     12:17 pm