Lenten Reflection Sr. Maureen Marsden SP
Jesus is stripped of his garments
"As the crowds were appalled on seeing him, so disfigured did he look
that he seemed no longer human - so will the crowds be astonished at him, ..........
Without beauty, without majesty (we saw him), no looks to attract our eyes;
A thing despised and rejected by men,
A man of sorrows and familiar with suffering,
A man to make people to screen their faces;
he was despised but we took no account of him.
And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.
But we, we thought of him as someone punished,
struck by God and brought low.
Yet he was pierced for our faults,
Crushed for our sins.
On him lies a punishment that brings us peace ,
And through his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 52:14-15, 53:1-4
Image from Bernie Marsden
"When the soldiers had finished crucifying Jesus they took his clothing and divided it in to four shares, one for each soldier. His undergarment was seamless woven in one piece from neck to hem; so they said to one another, "Instead of tearing it, let`s throw dice to decide who is to have it". In this way the words of Scripture were fulfilled: They shared my clothing among them. They cast lots for my clothes. This is exactly what the soldiers did." John 19:23-24
Time to reflect
In this tenth stationof the Cross we see utter poverty, degradation, shame and humiliation. In his humanity we see Jesus` physical weakness, and his powerlessness. He bore our sufferings, the sufferings of all humanity and pointed the way to the Father and union with God. It is a call to let go of all that gets in the way of an ever deeper relationship with God.
Our Christian vocation calls us to be ever more attached to God and detached from all that hinders that relationship. It is through the circumstances of our lives that we are honed and compelled to let go of our independence and so enter into a deeper loving relationship with our Saviour.
Pause for thought
What have you to let go of?
How has it changed you?
What letting go do you fear
How might you pray about it?
Jesus , my Lord forgive me for shaming and humiliating another. Lord have mercy
For cruelty to myself and another. Lord have mercy
For ill-will towards another. Lord have mercy
For my lack of compassion. Lord have mercy
Jesus my Lord, I come with a contrite heart and trust in your mercy and love. I offer you my desire to love you ever more deeply and to serve you with a loving heart. This I ask in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen