Way of the Cross - 6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus



6.         Veronica wipes the face of Jesus






In and amongst the crowd

another woman beholds, with great sorrow

the agony of the Son of God,

struggling under our cross,

blinded by sweat and grime,

by blood dripping from piercing thorns.

Emboldened by love,

risking the anger of frenzied mob

she steps up to Christ.


Time stands still and witnesses

a tiny moment of deep encounter,

a gentle touch with refreshing cloth

and gratitude spills over in an image -

traveling down the centuries -

the cloth of Turin,

One small act of kindness

graced with abundance.


Take a few moments:

You stand before Jesus.

Open yourself to him as you gently

wipe his bruised face and heart.



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