Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments

Any dignity that Jesus has maintained is removed as the clothes are pulled from his bleeding body. Of course, we may try to preserve some of His dignity by portraying Him in a loincloth, but the fact is that He was stripped naked, His body completely exposed to the gaze of everyone, to the beating of the hot sun and the scavenging birds that would seek to peck at His corpse when the crowd has gone as they would do to all the crucified. Here is God, naked, vulnerable, exposed, shamed. How ridiculous Christians are! Is this their God, this naked bleeding little man? "Oh yes," we reply, "there is nothing more glorious, more splendid, more majestic and more generous than that."

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