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March 6, 2013

SIXTH STATION - Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus



We adore You O Christ  and we Praise You
 R: Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world


 Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus


As the women followed Jesus on the way of his cross to calvary, their hearts ached at seeing their dear one suffer as an innocent lamb.  Onlookers mocked and spat upon him. Blood flowed down his brow, mixed with the sweat of toil of carrying our sins upon his shoulder. His face looked so disfigured, difficult to recognize. Veronica probably found it difficult to believe this was the Jesus she had followed. She felt disillusioned about what it required to follow him. Her heart went out to him, she wanted him to see that they were journeying with him and he was not alone in the suffering, she wiped the Face of Jesus, thus gifted with the imprint of his image, not on the cloth but on her heart. THIS  suffering saviour was her Master. Jesus warned them to beware of false prophets who would preach a Christianity or being his bride, without embracing suffering and true  love and being imprinted by it. By wiping his Holy Face, Veronica also saw his glory when the sins of humanity would not stain his face anymore after the Resurrection.


Prayer : O Jesus, thank you for showing us your true Face, a Face marked by suffering, tears, spit, dust, sweat, and blood. THIS is the imprint of your love on the heart of every consecrated virgin, a reminder of what it means to be your bride. Indeed following you can be messy even for today’s Church, feeling blinded due to ridicule, rejection, and mockery. Help your Church to be faithful and to always live this memory of you, a memory filled with your love for her so that she could be purified and made beautiful in heart and soul.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…………



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