There is a lacking inherent in our humanity that cries out for relief. Christ, in his humanity, knew thirst as well. “I thirst,” he said from the cross. And for relief, he received a rag soaked in vinegar.
To sustain us until we rest with him in eternity, he offers us the Eucharist. Thanks to the coronavirus of 2020, however, we know what it’s like to go for some time without Communion. As I was fasting from heavenly food, I found it helpful to meditate on my lack so that I could know some of the pain of those foolish virgins, locked outside of the wedding feast. Their hunger and thirst will never be satisfied except in the fleeting pleasure of unworthy substitutes for God.
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