Monday, February 25, 2008

Thirst for Christ an Entryway to Mystery of God

~from Zenit
Like a good father, God desires the best for mankind, which happens to be God himself, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope said this today before reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square, commenting on the passage in the Gospel of John that recounts the meeting between Jesus and the woman at the well, which he called "one of the most beautiful and profound texts of the Bible."

"It is impossible," the Pontiff said, "for a brief explanation of this passage of the Gospel to bring out its richness: It is necessary to read and meditate on it personally, identifying oneself with that woman, who, one day, like many others, went to draw water from the well, and found Jesus there, seated by it, 'tired from the trip,' in the noonday heat."

The encounter with the Samaritan woman, he said, began with "the real and sensible experience of thirst."

"The thirst of Christ is an entranceway into the mystery of God, who made himself thirsty to refresh us, as he made himself poor to enrich us," the Holy Father continued. "Yes, God thirsts for our faith and our love. Like a good and merciful father he desires for us all possible good and this good is God himself."

"For her part the Samaritan woman represents the existential unhappiness of those who have not found what they are looking for," said Benedict XVI. "She had 'five husbands' and is now living with a man; her coming and going to the well represents a repetitive and resigned life."

"But everything changes for her that day," he said, "on account of her conversation with the Lord Jesus, who shakes her up so much that she leaves the water jar and runs to tell the people of the village: 'Come and see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?'"

The Pope concluded, "Let us too open our hearts to the confident hearing of the word of God to meet, like the Samaritan woman, Jesus, who reveals his love to us."

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