Most of us know what a mild thirst is like and, fortunately, we can quench our thirst readily. However, a lasting thirst is, apparently, a terrible way to suffer.
In hearing Christ cry out, "I thirst", we sense the agony he is enduring.
How ironic - here is a man who gave water to the Samaritan woman at the well and who spoke of himself as the "living water".
For now, let us dwell for a moment on the human experience of thirsting and suffering, endured by Christ on Good Friday.