Here is a meditation (8:30) from a letter by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta in which she describes Jesus’ thirst for each us, his unconditional love for us, and how he wishes for us to thirst for him in all that we do. These words of Jesus—“I thirst”—spoken to Mary, the disciple John, and Mary Magdalene from the cross (see John 19:28) are the spiritual motto of the Missionaries of Charity and the answer to eleven years of  spiritual darkness experienced by Mother Teresa. She experienced a great awakening when she understood that Jesus’ words from the cross were for her, a small share in the darkness he experienced, and a call to help him to quench his thirst by bringing his love to others.

Share the meditation with your students. Allow them to reflect and share their thoughts on Jesus’ words: “I thirst.”