10 - Jesus is stripped of his garments

We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.

 

Bible Reading - Mark 15:22-24

Then they brought Jesus* to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

 

Reflection

The Romans have one further humiliation in store.  The crucified are stripped of all clothing; of anything that distinguishes them or gives individual expression.  Whatever status they had in life, in death they are all equally disregarded.  All is brought to naught.  Naked they face their death, shamed and exposed, completely without protection.  The only saving grace is that by this point Jesus is probably past caring.  Impervious to what is going on, the soldiers auction the clothes.

 

Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for you endured shamed for love of our love.

Be with all whose nakedness is exposed

and who are treated as commodities.  Amen.

 

Response

            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.


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