Friday, April 3, 2009
The Tenth Station - Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you
R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
Our sense of decorum and respect means that the Crucified One is always shown with a loincloth. More than likely, he was naked. The loincloth makes the crucifixion 'easier on the eyes' for us. It almost says, it wasn't that bad. The Stations of the Cross are meant to focus our attention on the crucifixion of Our Lord as something that was filled with suffering, and not just on the part of Jesus.
Pilate and his wife suffered. Jesus' mother suffered. Simon suffered. Veronica suffered. The women of Jerusalem suffered. His disciples suffered. His friends suffered.
We suffer too!