Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
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We adore thee O Christ, and we bless you.
Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
They divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take (Mk 15:24).
What do clothes matter to a human body which is about to be crucified? Jesus is stripped of his garments to enable the soldiers to work without being hampered.
Since that time in the Garden of Eden, fallen man has been covering himself with all sorts of clothing; from fig leaves and animal skins to the latest fashion of today. On Calvary everything is cast away: the new Adam stands before the father as he is, having freely taken upon himself the sins and shame of the old Adam.
On the cross man fully manifests himself, and God restores to him his lost dignity – his most precious gift to mankind. In every eucharistic celebration down the centuries he gives to humanity this unadorned body. "the body of Christ" – says the priest as he gives communion - "who takes away the sins of the world": the body which bears your sins and the wounds inflicted on it.
Our Father ……
Make me feel as you have felt
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord.