Bishop's Blog

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Sixth Station of the Cross

The Sixth Station:  Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Narrator:  Once again, someone steps out of the crowd to bring Jesus some relief from His agonizing walk.  Veronica, another bystander, takes her veil and begins to wipe the spittle and blood from the face of Jesus.  While it isn’t much relief from His horrible pain, Jesus accepts this gesture of kindness.  In return, He leaves the perfect imprint of His holy face on Veronica’s veil, stunning those who witnessed this blessed miracle.  In this brief encounter, the Lord increased the faith of those who saw for themselves that He was indeed the Son of God.  In the midst of all the chaos and shouting, healing and truth flowed out to those who saw the glory of God displayed before their very eyes.

All:  Sorrowing Lord, Your Holy Face was bruised and disfigured, covered with blood and spittle.  May the image of Your great suffering be branded upon our hearts and seared into our souls.  Help us always to leave the imprint of Your love on all those we meet.  Like Veronica, may we be bold in our service so that we may see You face to face in paradise.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen.