THE CONSISTENT ETHIC OF LIFE:
The Seamless Garment
"The seamless garment is a
prominent but puzzling symbol in John’s Gospel. The soldiers cast lots for this
garment so they would not have
to tear it since “the tunic was
seamless, woven in one piece from the top” (John 19:23). This seamless garment,
like the seamless
net (21:11), seems to be a symbol
of unity or oneness, the unity that Jesus brought and calls us to live out.
late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
used the seamless garment as an image for a unified or consistent ethic of life.
This image challenges us to have a
seamless respect for life from the womb to the tomb."
Fr. James Scullion, O.F.M.