Easter event is preceded and followed by a succession of moments from the history of Salvation which has a major impact upon Christians lives and even on the whole creation.
The necessary spiritual preparation for a fully understanding of the work of salvation accomplished by, in, and through our Lord Jesus Christ, was made systematically in the post, especially in the Sundays preceding the Easter and in particular in the Passion Week of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Because the spiritual life itself involves a process and a continuous becoming, I propose you a short meditation on the word from the Cross of Christ: “I thirst!”, and on His request to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's fountain: "Give me to drink."
Christ nailed to the wood of the cross and in the final pains of His Passion, as a man in death agony says, “I thirst”. They took a sponge which they dipped in vinegar and gall, and touched His lips, but Christ did not want to drink. He did not drink, probably this would not quench thirst, but vinegar and gall could ease the pain, being crucified on the wood of the cross. Regarding the bodily need of the Savior Christ, the human nature, even before death, was not satisfied because was not given water to drink; from a spiritual point of view, we understand that Christ must fulfill His sacrifice. Crucifixion had to be and was made after all ordinance with extra measure. He was humiliated, crucified and killed without having the slightest right, the slightest caress, the slightest relieving, as His sacrifice to be complete. Moreover, we are told in the Holy Mass, even during Epiclesis, the fact that this sacrifice which was caused by people, actually it was wanted and full assumed of Christ the Savior. Beyond that people sold, mocked and crucified out of hate and revenge, He gave Himself as a sacrifice for us and for our salvation. Therefore, He did not drink vinegar and gall, because His sacrifice to be complete. Not even the vinegar and gall to soothe the pain as He felt in His body. Regarding the question to the Samaritan woman, it was not satisfied by the Samaritan woman because, in fact, He wanted something else. The demand of Lord Christ brokered transition from a joint discussion at one spiritual. From the request “Give me to drink” Christ passed to a subject which over the centuries remains an existential and essential problem, that must be understood and assimilated. The problem of living water, which comes only through Jesus Christ and that once acquired makes no longer thirst.
Turning to us, both believers and especially the monks, the cry of the Savior on the Cross and the demand of drinking water from Jacob’s fountain, challenges us to a spiritual meditation and a life as. Savior’s sacrifice was complete and with definitive impact on humanity, but it updates every year and even every Divine Liturgy. The Savior remained in a state of sacrifice for humanity to benefit until the end of the world the redemption of the bondage of sin and death. This condition must be assimilated by everyone at our level of understanding and availability! Monk, for example, must sacrifice himself, not only for himself but for all humanity, like the Savior, without asking anything in return, not even a momentary relieving, one that could be gained from the vinegar and gall in the most difficult moments of the Passion of the Lord. And living water s revealed by the 3rd irmos of Resurrection canon: Come, let us drink a new drink, not from a barren rock made with great, but from the source of incorruptibility, sprang from the tomb of Christ, to strengthen us. In fact, both the cry on the Cross and the Lord’s request to the Samaritan woman expresses the eternal wish of God after the man created in His image and likeness..! Golgotha and Jacob’s fountain are our lifetime…! The path has to meanings, we can get through suffering and sacrifice to the living water, but also you can first acquire grace and then take the hole Adam Cross…!
These thoughts, I hope spiritual and helpful, I wanted to share with you all, on behalf of abbots, abbesses, confessors, monks and nuns from the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac, and Cluj, who carries you in their unceasing prayer to God. And the great feast of the Resurrection to meet your wish for God with the Holy and live-giving Trinity’s eternal love…! Christ is risen!
Archimandrite Dumitru Cobzaru- exarch of monasteries in the Archdiocese of Cluj