The love of Jesus Christ that leads to his willing embrace of the crucified earthly destiny that appeared before him is both a model for how we are called to love and a revelation of God’s self-offering of control out of love. This model for how you and I are to love is not an invitation to masochism or some sort of foolhardy and dangerous behavior. Instead, it is an example of our willingness to accept both the suffering and the joy that comes with love. This revelation of God’s self-offering or sacrifice of control tells us a great deal about who Jesus Christ is and what God is like.
—from The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering by Daniel P. Horan, OFM