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3-15-2020 3rd Sunday of Lent - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus                                                                                  March 15, 2020

The 6th Station of the Cross - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, is a story about a woman’s courageous display of compassion; compassion that considered the well-being of Jesus more important than her own safety. 

Reflection:  According to Church tradition, a woman named Veronica was moved with pity when she saw Jesus carrying his cross and broke through the crowd to wipe his face with her veil. Jesus accepted her kindness and left an image of his face miraculously impressed upon it. There is no hard evidence to verify that Veronica was a real person, but the example courageous compassion it describes is certainly worthy of reflection.

We can imagine many people being horrified at what they were witnessing as Jesus made his way to Calvary. It is not unrealistic therefore, to believe this woman was so overcome by the sight of Jesus suffering, that regardless of the consequences, she was compelled to help him. Have you ever had someone, perhaps a stranger, reach out unexpectedly to help you, or have you ever witnessed someone performing a spontaneous act of kindness to a stranger? As God’s children created in his image, we are able to think, to reason and to love. These gifts imparted through the grace of the Holy Spirit have helped us survive as a species and have inspired millions of people throughout the centuries to work cooperatively to establish God’s kingdom on earth. Every selfless act of kindness keeps the spirit of Jesus alive and present to a world sore in need of love.


Almighty Father, the woman Veronica, whose legacy we recall in this 6th Station, was a person who exercised courageous compassion. Without regard for her own safety, she reached out to wipe the face of Jesus. It was a small, yet powerful act of kindness. Jesus rewarded her by imprinting the image of his face on her veil. We implore you Father, to imprint his image upon our hearts, and may that impression overpower any fear that would prevent us from exercising mercy and compassion where it is needed. We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Deacon Ernie


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