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Acts 2: 22-24


to carry his cross and finally he was crucified as a common criminal. All the while he did not utter a sound against those who hurt him. He even forgave them from the cross. When the moment arrived he surrendered his life into the hands of his Father. He did all of this for us.


THE GENEROSITY


OF JESUS OVERCAME relationship with God. God is unselfish and self- OUR SELFISHNESS Gal 3: 13 Phil 2: 6-8


Jesus had to die on the cross in order to restore our giving. We are selfish. Jesus could have overcome


death by submitting himself to a natural death. His


life and natural death would have restored the relationship between God and humanity. But in order to overcome the power of evil, especially the power of evil which is our deep seeded selfishness, he had to demonstrate his overwhelming generosity. He chose to die the death of a humiliated criminal, the death of a failed leader, order to break the power of selfish-ness once and for all. His generous self- giving love poured out for us on the cross guarantees that each of us can be free of the bondage of selfishness.


THE SACRIFICE OF OBEDIENCE Ps 40: 6-9 Is 1: 11-19


The true sacrifice of Calvary was a sacrifice of obedience. By obeying the Father’s will even to death on the cross Jesus was able to receive the


complete victory over sin, selfishness, evil, and death. Jesus overcame the sin of the first ancestors, who wanted to do things their way, by humbly letting go of control of his life and trusting his Father.


WE WITNESS THE DEATH OF JESUS UNTIL HE COMES Phil 3: 7-11


Through the Eucharist we make present again the saving event on Calvary. We join ourselves to the Lord’s passion and death so that we can be joined


to his resurrection. When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus we testify that we are willing t give up our way of doing things and do the Father’s will. We unite our sacrifice of obedience to Jesus’ sacrifice. Through his body and blood he feeds that growing relationship with him which enables us to consistently choose God’s will rather than our own. When we are faithful to the Eucharist we witness in


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