For Jesus to succumb to death after displaying power to heal seems like a paradox. And it was exactly this that the chief priests and scribes threw in Jesus’ face as he hung on the cross. “He saved others, let him save himself.” Yet it wasn’t a paradox that Jesus could heal the sick but not prevent his own death. Rather, it was a continuation and magnification of the healing miracle that Jesus could meet death, go through it, and defeat it.

-Br. Todd Blackham, SSJE

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