18 Apr Day 29 – “I thirst.”
Here is another reminder that Christ joined us in our humanity. The eternal Word who was in the beginning, who was with God, and who was God (see John 1:1) has agreed to take on the weakness, the cravings, and the gnawing of the human flesh of His creatures, for our own sake, and yet we let Him suffer.
Do we take much time to think of the lonely people in our lives for whom Christ died and of how they might thirst for attention (affection, love, acceptance, etc)? And we needn’t get too metaphorical, for sometimes the lonely are isolated and may experience physical thirst and hunger that we might help relieve. The Church has always recognized that we are not disembodied souls, but ensouled bodies and both elements of our unity are good and deserving of care. This is why the church has long encouraged both spiritual and corporal (fleshly, bodily) works of mercy.
In fact, sometimes we spend so much time in the virtual, electronic world that we forget that we all have bodies with needs we can help each other fulfill. When a text or an e-mail replaces a phone call, we have cut ourselves off from the recipient’s voice.
When a call replaces face-to-face contact, we have cut ourselves off not only from that person’s face, but from his or her body language, all those subtle ways that God has given us to communicate with one another by virtue of having bodies. When we connect only over distant airwaves, we can certainly suggest that a thirsty friend get a drink, but we are in no position to hand him one.
– Dr. Kevin Vost
God I want to be human like you. I want to be willing to recognize my own thrists and the thrists of those around me. Let me drink from your well today. Let me be a well spring for those around me today. Amen.
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