Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another…. (Ephesians 4:32)
As I reflect upon the tenth station, I cannot help but be transported to the 4th century, to a centurion camp, to visit with a soldier who on a cold day would become a saint. St. Martin of Tours began his journey to godliness by doing the opposite of what is taking place before us in this station. For as we reflect on Jesus being stripped of his clothes, let us remember the saint who famously clothed a naked beggar, and who so in doing clothed the naked Christ.
In the middle of a winter more bitterly cold than usual, when Martin had nothing with him apart from his weapons and a simple military cloak, he came across a naked beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. The man begged the people who were passing to have pity on him, but they all walked past him. But what was Martin to do? He had nothing apart from the cloak he was wearing. So he seized the sword, which he wore at his side, divided the cloak in two, gave half to the beggar and then put the remaining piece on again. Some of the bystanders began to laugh because he looked so odd with his chopped-up cloak, but many who were more sensible sighed deeply because they had not done the same despite the fact that, because they had more than Martin, they could have clothed the beggar without themselves being reduced to nakedness. The following night when Martin had fallen asleep, he saw Christ clothed in the part of his cloak, which he had used to cover the beggar. Then he heard Jesus saying in a clear voice to the host of angels standing all around, ‘Martin covered me with this cloak’
As we gaze upon this image of Christ let us have a tender heart like St. Martin. And let us see Christ in the face of the poor, beggar, and down trodden. This is not just an image of Jesus. This is an image of all who go without, all who beg for mercy, all who desire to be warm and clothed.
Peace in Christ,
Pr. Dan Joyner Miller