Jesus’ suffering was easy to contemplate as I knelt before a shirt that some believe he wore during the last supper, his time of prayer in Gethsemane, arrest, trial, and while he carried his cross. Many blood stains are visible. As I prayed, a woman knelt beside me and wept. I wondered, “Did Mary weave this for Jesus? If so, was it a comfort to her that her love surrounded him right to the end?” How does God’s love make a difference in our lives? How does our love make a difference for God?
Jesus, may I be willing to follow God’s will. Thank you for showing me the way.
There was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:25-34 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
As you touch this shirt with your eyes, and consider what Jesus suffered, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: The Holy Tunic of Christ in its reliquary in the Basilica of St. Denys in Argenteuil (outside Paris), France. For more information in a variety of languages, see http://saintetunique.com/.
A special thanks to Michelle Campbell who emailed to let me know about the Tunic being on display. During this Year of Mercy, it is being exposed for pilgrims until April 10th. It is generally unrolled and placed in its reliquary for a short period once every 50 years. The last ostension was in 1984, the next is planned for 2034.
To learn more: see http://saintetunique.com
Le Quéré, François. (2016). La sainte Tunique d’Argenteuil histoire et examen de l’authentique tunique sans couture de Jésus-Christ. Paris: Artège.
Petit Guide: La Sainte Tunique d’Argenteuil (Basilique Saint-Denys). (2016). Vichy: AEDIS Editions.