dying and rising to new life

Dying and Rising to New Life

Jesus's real purpose in [his] sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life ... the spiritual identity forged through kenotic self-surrender survives the grace and can never be taken away. Thus, the real domain of the Paschal Mystery is not dying but dying-to-self. It serves as the archetype for all of our personal experiences of dying and rising to new life along the pathway of kenotic transformation, reminding us that it is not only possible but imperative to fall through fear into love because that is the only way we will ever truly know what it means to be alive.

Cynthia Bourgeault
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene
 

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