We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
With my Son finally relieved of the weight of the Cross, I thought He would have a chance to rest.
But the guards immediately started to rip His clothes off the blood-clotted skin.
The sight of my Son in such pain was unbearable.
Yet, since I knew this had to be,
I stood by and cried silently.
Lord, in my own way I too have stripped you.
Let us pray: I have taken away the good name of another by foolish talk, and have stripped people of human dignity by my prejudice. Jesus, there are so many ways I have offended you
through the hurt I have caused others. Help me to see you in all people.
Make me feel as thou hast felt; Make my soul to glow and melt, With the love of Christ, my Lord.
Illustration by Jan Hearn ©
Posted by Fr Tomas