The body of Christ stripped of His garments – The sins we commit of the flesh
As if He is not humiliated enough from the scourging and the carrying of his cross, Jesus is made to be fully exposed in body as His clothes are removed.
Do I show too much of my body publicly? Am I mindful that chastity is as much in the mind as in the flesh or the manner of dressing? Do I strip people of their dignity through my callus or cruel words and behavior? Do take pride in clothing my body and the way I should cloth my body? Have I stripped myself of all that would distract me from God, or at least made a lifelong commitment to daily work on all that would distract me from God?
IMAGE OF THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST VENERATED IN BAEZA SPAIN
For Catholics, the Crucifix is essential for living out our daily lives. The Crucifix is the symbol of Christ’s ultimate act of love for us. The Crucifix depicts Jesus nailed to the cross and dying for our sins. We hang a crucifix on the walls of our homes and wear a crucifix on a chain around our necks so that we will be visibly reminded of Jesus’ love for us and our redemption.
For those who desire a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, the Crucifix also serves as an ideal focus of meditation. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said that the summary of all our sins can be found on the Crucifix. It is, therefore, the perfect way to examine our consciences.