Way of the Cross. WYD’ 2016. Station X – JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

CLOTHE THE NAKED

V. Adoramus Te Christe et benedicimus Tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the holy Gospel according to Luke:

While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, […] kissed him, […] and said, “Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him!”

(Lk 15:20, 22)

When the prodigal son knelt before his father, he was almost naked. He had squandered everything — not only his fortune, but also his self-worth. He was naked like a slave. Bankrupt, who – through his own fault – had his last shirt taken! Naked — like Adam and Eve in paradise when, after committing sin, their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and hid from you. He probably similarly wanted to hide his nakedness from his father. A sinner — just like them. Embarrassed and humiliated.

This scene, Lord Jesus, helps me see your nakedness on Golgotha differently. They did not expose you against your will. You chose to be united with Adam and Eve, with each of the prodigal sons and daughters — naked and humiliated by sin. On Golgotha, you become naked not in front of torturers, but in front of the Father. The words of the prodigal son:

Father, I have sinned against you… I am not worthy to be called your son — you make them your own. You say them in your nakedness! You are one with me, stripped by sin.

This unity saves me. Because your Father cannot look calmly at the nakedness of his Child. He clothes you immediately. In the best ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around the chest (see: Rev 1:13). Naked in Death – in the Resurrection you are once again dressed in filial dignity. And we are with you.

God, Our Father, you are the first to clothe the naked. We ask you, let us imitate you. Teach us to share, when needed, our clothes. Guard us, so that we would like to share like you — with the best robe — new, clean and neat clothes, not old, worn and unnecessary. Let us also keep modesty and poverty in our attire, so that we will more easily be able to share what we save. We ask this through him, who accepted our nakedness — to clothe us into a new creations. Amen.

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ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

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