† The Tenth Station

10th-StationX Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments

“They divided my garments among them…”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,” in order that the passage of scripture might be fulfilled [that says]: “They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots.” This is what the soldiers did. Jn 19:23-24

Here we see true humility. Stripped naked on that first Good Friday, Jesus invites us to strip away the non-essentials in our lives and focus on what really matters. Good stewards know that they have nothing – even their very life is a gift – that has not come as a gift from God. And humbly acknowledging that fact, they then use their gifts for others, in thanksgiving.

Save us, Savior of the world, for by your cross and resurrection,
You have set us free.