Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Tenth Station of the Cross-Jesus is stripped of His clothes

Symbol- Pair of dice

They took Jesus to the hill to crucify Him. They angrily stripped Jesus of His garments and the soldiers cast lots for his clothing. They took off Jesus' clothes to whip Him. They had covered Jesus' bloody wounds with a red robe. Now, total surrender-they took off Jesus' clothes. He showed us the way to surrender, always complying with the will of the Father.

To be without clothes in front of everyone is a humiliating thing. Jesus wasn’t ashamed because he knew his Father in heaven loved him and everyone who was there.

Let’s look at Jesus

Jesus reaches the hill at the end of the road he had to walk. He knows that he will die here. Before he dies, the soldiers will do more to him. They pull off his long robe, and his clothes are taken from him.

Jesus stands in front of the crowd. He asks God to help Him remember that He is not alone. God is with Him through all this.

Let’s look at our hearts

It’s hard to share or to give away something that we like. Do you sometimes like to keep everything for yourself? Do you ever let something of yours be the reason for bad feelings or bad words between you and someone else?

Picture Jesus at your side. Ask him to give you a heart like his, a heart that does not hold grudges.

V.We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus arrives at the Place of Skull. The soldiers remove his clothes, tossing them in a heap. The soldiers didn't know what to do with his clothes. They decided to throw dice for them.

Dear Jesus,
You set an example of truth, humility and love. Help me to set a good example for others to follow. Jesus, I want to know how much you and the Father love me, so I will never be embarrassed or ashamed to surrender to the will of God.

Mary, help me to see Jesus in all things.

Almighty Father, Help me to always be respectful and follow the examples of Jesus. This I ask through Christ Our Lord.


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