March 25 – Good Friday

goodFridayToday’s Gospel

“’I thirst,’” (John 19:28 ).

Daily Lent Reflection

As with the Samaritan woman, the Son of God is once again asking for a drink, but now from the cross. And he is offered the drink of the poor people! In those days you would not quench your thirst with water infested with bacteria or parasites, but with fermented or boiled liquids. And if you happened to be poor, you could not afford nice wine, only the sour one comparable to vinegar.

Similarly, we may feel our efforts to quench the thirst of this world for justice, love and peace are just cheap vinegar, yet Jesus does not reject it. And his work is not completed until he has tasted what we have to offer.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask where do I hold back because I do not consider my contribution worthy? Where do I offer the “drink of the poor” when I could offer more?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark