A THIRSTING SOUL
“In the middle of the Feast, O Savior, / Fill my thirsting soul with the waters of godliness (εὐσεβείας, devotion, piety), as You did cry to all: / If anyone thirst let him come to me and drink! / O Christ God, Fountain of our life, glory to You!” (Troparion, Mid-feast of Pentecost)
Today is the Wednesday of Mid-Pentecost (τῆς Μεσοπεντηκοστῆς, Преполовения). So, Pascha is exactly three-and-a-half weeks behind us, and we have exactly three-and-a-half weeks to go until Pentecost, or the Descent of the Holy Spirit. At this mid-point of our long, 50-day journey from Pascha to Pentecost, it is easy to lose focus, and slip away from any kind of “devotion,” forgetting both the feast behind us (Pascha), and the one before us (Pentecost). Summer is coming, after all, so our thoughts might be more focused on an upcoming vacation, also from all this church-stuff.
But in the above-quoted Troparion, the Church nudges me to re-focus on “my thirsting soul,” which I may have been neglecting in this post-Lenten season. Let me take note today of the hole in my heart, and of the “Fountain of our Life,” Who calls me today to come and drink, so that I don’t “run on empty” in imagined self-sufficiency and meaninglessness. “O Christ God, Fountain of our life,” revive in me a thirsting soul today, that I may have true life, both at work and on vacation, in You.