Jesus is stripped of His garmentsV. We adore you, O Christ and praise you.
R. Because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
ReadingFrom the Passion according to Mark
And [the soldiers] tried to give him wine flavoured with myrrh – but he didn’t take it. And they crucify him. And they ‘divide up his garments, casting a lot over them [to see] who would get something.’
MeditationJesus was stripped of all his clothes, of all his dignity. And then they nailed him to the cross like a piece of wood. The carpenter’s son from Nazareth was nailed like a plank of wood himself. The world pressures us to treat our brothers and sisters as mere objects to be used and disposed, removed of all the dignity of the sons and daughters of God. Do you feel that pressure?
PrayerJesus, true God and true Man, you accepted the humiliation of the Cross for our sake. Give us the respect for human life and dignity that you always had, and the courage to defend it against the pressures and ideologies of the world.
CloseAll: Our Father …
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.
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