Letting Go and Passing Over

In the Passover meal celebrated by Jesus we begin to learn about true sacrifice and true servanthood. God is not interested in human or animal sacrifice. Nor is God interested in the sacrifice of fasting from certain foods on certain days. The sacrifice that God seeks is the letting go of all that is ungodly within us, the letting go of our ego, the false self that always puts ourselves first.

To “pass over” from an ego-centered life to a God-centered life, from a self-centered life to another-centered life, requires a sacrificial surrendering of all that binds us, all that needs to die, so we can walk freely into the mystery of God. Suffering and sharing are the gateways to divine intimacy. And to become intimate with God means to become the humble and loving servant of all. By washing the feet of another, God’s love moves from an abstract theory into a concrete reality. Jesus came to be a servant, to sacrifice himself for us. We must do likewise, by sacrificing ourselves and serving others.

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