Christ Crucified Himself in Life
"The Lord crucified Himself for the world before the world crucified Him. He carried out the offering of His body, His self, as a sacrifice on behalf of the world immediately after He was baptized when He was led by the Spirit. He gladly obeyed and went to face the test of fasting This is the volitional aspect of the cross...
"Therefore, when we share in the mystery of the body and the blood in the eucharist, we share not only in the cross, but also in a mystical life poured out and a body that has struggled with severe fasting, deprivation, want, and pain."
- Matthew the Poor in The Communion of Love, p. 120-121