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Passion As Submission

We tend to misunderstand "the passion of Jesus".  Spontaneously we think of it as the pain of the physical sufferings he endured on the road to his death.  Partly that misses the point.  Jesus' passion should be understood precisely as "passio", passivity, a certain submissive helplessness he had to undergo in counter-distinction to his power and activity.  The passion of Jesus refers to the helplessness he had to endure during the last hours of his life, a helplessness extremely fruitful for him and for us. 

- Ron Rolheiser, "The Agony in the Garden: The Special Place of Loneliness,"
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