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Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ – Maundy Thursday

“I thirst”

These words of Jesus bring us face-to-face with the fullness of his humanity. The extraordinary suffering he is experiencing has left him dry and parched; he is thirsty. Any human being having experienced the cruelty of crucifixion would be thirsty. The fullness of Jesus’ divinity does not diminish the fullness of his humanity. In this moment, we see his humanity and hear him cry out in thirst.

Where do we hear him crying today? In whose voices do we hear his thirst? Is it in the voices of those who face this pandemic in contexts of poverty? Is it in migrant communities? Is it in urban and rural contexts where people’s livelihoods are on the line and among those who do not have the privilege of working remotely and protecting some semblance of security for their families?  Who is thirsty because of injustice?

Whose cries of thirst do we need to hear during this Holy Week? In whose voices do we hear Jesus’ cry? And how are we called to respond?

Watch the fifth installment of a special 7-part Holy Week video series with CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley titled “Words in the Dark: The Seven Last Words of Christ.”

Learn more and view the entire “Words in the Dark” video series throughout Holy Week 2020 at www.cbf.net/holyweek

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