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WEDNESDAY — APRIL 8, 2020

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Tenth Station — On Calvary Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Let us listen to Jesus at another time and another mountain when his glory was displayed in a different way.
Matthew 17:1-8

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents* here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

Now we find Jesus on “Mount” Calvary and exposed for the world to see. This takes us back to the Mount of Transfiguration. He wants us to remember his glory even under these different conditions. That is why the incident of the Transfiguration came at a time immediately after his foretelling of his suffering and death. We can even see a connection with the same three disciples who would be given special closeness to Jesus in Gethsemane. He calls us this day to gaze upon his human weakness and disfigurement and at the same time to see with eyes of faith his glory as the risen Son of God. When he is stripped of his earthly garments we see his wounds all the more clearly, even more than just his wounded face. The humanness and the divinity are together. He is the Son of God made man. But why? For our salvation, reconciled eternally to the Father of the Covenant, everlasting communion of man with God. The Lord wants us to see that today and reaffirm our faith in Jesus the Suffering Servant of God and man.

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
Because by your cross you have redeemed the world.

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