How did Jesus think of himself: son of God, angel, superman?  None of those. Like us, he considered himself another human being. He referred to himself 85 times as the son of man: meaning he was like us, fully human. He uses that term in today’s gospel, and states therein that he and we must suffer, be rejected, die, and rise. And so it is with each of us. Our daily pains, worries, and reversals embody our own Calvaries, but Jesus empowers us to overcome  with courage, patience, and selflessness. This initiates our rising, for our victories prove that love is the authentic winner over death. Genuine earthly love will usher us into the eternal presence of pure love which is God.

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