Jesus had to die so that he might rise again. It is the Resurrection that provides the meaning for the cross. Without Jesus’ rising, the events of the Passion are simply some grotesque sequence of man’s inhumanity toward man.
Of course, true sacrifice does require that one dies to oneself. We must die to ourselves so that Jesus can live through us. Our stewardship must never be about us, but instead about the One who died for us. May we always strive to decrease so that Jesus may increase.
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
Smile at someone who looks sad. Ask how they’re doing, and genuinely listen and respond to what they have to say.