Arriving on Calvary, Jesus is cruelly deprived of His garments. Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. He experiences the ultimate vulnerability of the defenseless. As I look at him in his humility, I know that this is for me. How painful the stripping must have been, because the garments adhered to His mangled body. Christ stripped teaches us what we must do to please him: strip our hearts of all sorts of unworthy affections and pretenses, no longer loving them but desiring nothing other than him.It is in pardoning others
by stripping ourselves of pride
that we will be pardoned.
Help me to let go of my pride
and replace it with the humility of Mary.
My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of thy sacred wounds.