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Christ thirsts for our faith, Pope tells Sunday audience

Catholic World News - March 28, 2011

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, March 27, Pope Benedict XVI said that the day’s Gospel, recounting the meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, makes “a clear allusion to the sacrament of Baptism, font of new life.”

The Pope mentioned that when he asks for water to drink, Jesus shows his natural thirst, “a sign of his authentic humanity.” But that thirst can also be interpreted in an supernatural sense, the added, “as a prelude to the Passion in which he fulfilled the work of our redemption.”

“God the Father sent Him to satisfy our thirst for eternal life, giving us His love; but to make us this gift Jesus asks for our faith,” the Pope explained. In an important sense, then, he continued, citing St. Augustine, Jesus was “thirsting for the faith of the woman” at the well, just as he thirsts for the faith of each individual soul.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2011 1:33 AM ET USA

    There are those who call this man the 'Mozart of theology'. Are there deniers?

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