In a continuing effort to examine elements of The Twilight Saga in light of the Gospel, here are thoughts on the concept of “thirst”:
“O come to the Fountain all you who are thirsty”
The Twilight Saga has an interesting twist on the concept of thirst. Thirst is a negative thing. Vampires thirst for blood and are helpless in the wake of its power. It is a destructive force which compels a response, leading to destruction, even of those most beloved. Father Thomas Dubay has another perspective on thirst. “You are a thirst in the flesh, an incarnated thirst. You yearn for endless beauty and joy, endless love and delight, endless security and happiness – and immortality in which to enjoy it all. You cannot help being an incarnated thirst. Nor can I. We were born that way and we will die that way. We may differ in how we seek to slake our thirst. Some go up blind alleys. Others go to the Fountain. But all seek.” (And You Are Christ’s… p.21/22) There is perhaps an unconscious symbolism in Bella’s relationship with the vampire, whose thirst is a destructive one. Through her relationship with Edward, she too ends up with a destructive thirst for blood. It is a thirst which is slaked by use and violence. It is a fitting manifestation of the life choices they have made. A well ordered thirst, however, is only slaked by Love. In our thirst for love, it is Christ Who gives us His Flesh to eat and His Blood to drink – both slaking our thirst and satisfying our hunger.
Bella and Edward yearn… but their yearning is disordered and leads them into an eternal blind alley. Let’s pray that those reading The Twilight Saga will come to the Fountain instead.