Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Stations of The Cross
Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of His garments
Jesus arrives at His destination. He glances up, the other two
prisoners are in place,
screaming in pain. He looks down and patiently waits for the soldiers to lead Him to
Jesus is nearing his final moment when the soldiers strip him of his
clothing in a savage effort to mortify him. Somehow, we yearn to be
something great in this life, always seeking goals that are beyond us or not
good for us: never content with being the simple, ordinary, run of the mill
person God made. They remove His clothes, tossing them in a heap nearby.
Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. Jesus is completely stripped
of any pride The wounds on his back are torn open again. He experiences the
ultimate vulnerability of the defenseless. No shield or security protects
As they stare at him, his eyes turn to heaven.
The soldiers debated what to do with His clothes as they laid the cross on
the ground in front of Him.
They decided to cast lots for them, thus
fulfilling the scripture which said, "They divided my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing." (Psalm 22:18)
Jesus lifted His eyes to the Heavens and prayed.