We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Mark 15:19 : Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. They stripped off his clothes and began to mock him, saying: "All hail, King of the Jews."
Reflection: Though artists through the centuries have depicted it otherwise, crucified people in Jesus' time were stripped of all of their clothes. It was one more step in the process of ultimate humiliation. Imagine the embarrassment of being so exposed. When we or our students are subjected to humiliation, we can be confident of this: Jesus knows how we feel.
Prayer: Jesus our Wounded Healer, thank you for so fully embracing the human experience. May we ever be grateful for all you endured on our behalf. And may we pay it forward, dedicating our energy no matter the cost to protecting the dignity of our students.