Monday, March 22, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Tenth Station

Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments

As a sign of further humiliation, Jesus’ clothes are removed before his execution and the soldiers divide His garments among them. They cast lots to see who would receive His cloak.

At Mass:

We stand and recite the “Our Father” the prayer given to us by Jesus when His disciples asked Him how they ought to pray.

The soldiers who stripped Jesus did not realize what priceless relics they held in their hands. The clothing worn by Christ, drenched in His own blood, would be safeguarded by any Christian today and could not be sold or traded or gambled away. To receive such a reminder of Jesus’ Passion would be a humbling gift.

The “Lord’s Prayer” is such a gift. Christ was not ashamed as He stood naked and in agony before the Cross – He was clothed in His own glory as God’s Son. He offers us this priceless cloak when He instructs us to call God “Our Father” and to become children of God.

As we stand naked before God, we can cry out to Him in confidence with Jesus, “Abba” – “Father.”

[For an explanation of this series of meditations on the Way of the Cross, see this Introduction.]

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