Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew
They divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ (Matthew 27:35b-37)
A Reflection from Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is immensely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to suffer in the freedom of one’s own responsible deed.
It is immensely easier to suffer with others than to suffer alone.
It is immensely easier to suffer openly and honorably than apart and in shame.
It is immensely easier to suffer through commitment of the physical self than in the spirit.
Christ suffered in freedom, alone, apart and in shame, in body and spirit; and since then, many Christians have so suffered with him.
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.