The Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of His garments
John 19: 23-25 - After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it: let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true: “They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe.” Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Luke 14: 33 - “In the same way”, concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.”
Jesus arrives at the Place of the Skull. To further humiliate him, the soldiers rip his clothes off him, perhaps even tearing his blood and sweat drenched skin with it. They toss the clothes into a heap on the ground. The soldiers decide to divide up the clothes and to throw dice for the most valuable one.
Lord Jesus, you set an example of truth, humility and love. Even though you were treated cruelly you continue to show us compassion and love. Help me to always be kind, respectful, considerate and to live in peace with others no matter who they may be or the circumstances. This I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.