10 Jesus is stripped of his garments
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
As the soldiers remove Jesus’ clothing they remove every last shred of his dignity. He becomes simply an outcast, despised by all alike, judged by the eyes he is exposed to. Jesus once more takes on the condition of fallen humanity, when we are stripped of all we surround ourselves with and come face to face with God.
We acknowledge the futility of the self-deceit and disguise with which we can clothe ourselves before God. We pray for the gift of self knowledge and self awareness. And we pray for all those who have had their dignity removed through the inhumanity and cruelty of others, for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation – and that the hearts of the perpetrators may be turned.
Lord Jesus, give us respect for all humanity. Clothe us with your grace.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.