Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
We adore you. O Christ and we praise you.
Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
They rip the crossbeam off the shoulders of my Lord, and now they strip Him of his garments. His back bleeds anew where they scourged him. Bruises cover His body. He stands before the crowd, stripped of his dignity. The body that was touched reverently by those He healed and those who welcomed Him into Jerusalem with palms of honor, now that body is spit upon, and struck again. Lord, my friend, what have they done to you?
Jesus, when we think of the indignity you endured, how can we not help but think of the ways we strip ourselves of our own dignity by abusing our own or other’s. bodies through violence, misplaced sexuality, drugs or alcohol. When we deliberately strip ourselves or others of human worth we are in league with your torturers; when others abuse us, we stand with you at Calvary, victims of humanity’s inhumanity. For those who have suffered as you have suffered, Lord, give them dignity.
For the Light shines in the darkness.
Death shall have no victory.
Jesus remember me.
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