Station X, Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
March 31, 2017
By Sister Helen Libo-on
We are invited to walk with Jesus during this Lenten Season with the Stations of the Cross. Reflections written by Sisters of Mercy will be posted each Wednesday and Friday during Lent until Good Friday, April 14. We pray to find immeasurable Mercy as we walk these moments with Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus, you are the giver of all dignity to humans and Earth. Look what we have done stripping your clothes—the symbolic stripping of your human dignity. The painful process of removing your garments is still being done today in so many ways:
We do it when we plunder Earth’s resources for the cause of development and greed.
We do it “legally” when we kill those involved in drug crimes without due process of law and without giving them any chance of changing their lives.
We do it when we cannot live peacefully with each other as brothers and sisters of different race, colors and beliefs.
We still continue to do it when women and children are being victimized and trafficked in different parts of the world because of lust.
We still do it when we do not welcome immigrants in our own country who are seeking a place to live in peace and love.
Call to Action
It seems an endless process of stripping you, Jesus! Help us realize that when we journey with you in this Lenten season, we are called to stop all that causes you pain in small and big ways.
As men and women enriched by your great love and mercy, may we learn to love and respect Earth and all that live here, our common home. May we realize that every small effort to alleviate the miseries of others would mean so much to you, because we know that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters, we do it to you.