Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” [Matthew 25.33-36]

There is no Gospel story referring to this episode, but Church tradition tells of Veronica, who wiped away the spit, sweat and blood on the face of Jesus with her veil, which thereafter bore the image of Christ. It would have been a bold thing to do, but scripture tells of several women, outside of his family, who defied accepted custom in approaching Jesus. Veronica is a Latin form of the Greek Berenikē, meaning “bearer of victory”, since her veil bore the image of Christ.

Prayer:

Give me the courage Lord, to step outside of the crowd and to face the strangeness of situations that call me to serve you, by helping others who are in need.

 

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