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Conformed to the death of Jesus

“We are “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10). As our lives are more and more governed by self-giving love and obedience, we become conformed to the death of Jesus. Then the interior dying begins to affect our visible living, letting the rays of resurrection shine through. All the slights and misunderstandings, the aches and pains, the delays and postponements of the day, instead of being fodder for complaining, can be transformed into the dying and rising victory of Christ in us. “For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (4:11).
We are baptized into the death of Christ. There is a movement, like the plunge into the baptismal waters, but the movement is only beginning at baptism. We embark on a life of dying with Jesus, opening ourselves to the divine power of grace to empty us steadily of the selfish disobedience we inherited from Adam and to fill us with the loving obedience of Jesus. Of course, this “dying” is really living life to the fullest, with the gifts of the Spirit, and in utter human freedom. Our hope is that by the time we reach the end of our earthly lives, the death of our physical bodies will be an external sign of what has been going on inside. In the saints, this has been true in a dramatic way, but only in Jesus has it been perfect. His physical death was like a sacramental sign of what was really happening inside him.
In the divine plan for all of us, the only way to resurrection and life with God is through dying with Jesus. It is not simply a matter of death now and resurrection later. Death and resurrection both begin now in our earthly life, and they are intertwined.”
Pg 82
From:  Life Lessons from the Monastery
by Jerome Kodell, OSB

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