Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

We adore you O Christ and praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

They will ask, 'Lord when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison?' The the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'


Who are the members of his family that Jesus refers to in the reading? The great and the good? Possibly, but also the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned - all of those outcast in one way or another. To Veronica, this man must have just been another one of these. But she still felt compassion and wiped his face. May we, also, be able to be one of those who, perhaps unknowingly, wipe his face.
Compare Veronica with the other figures. The one on the left who wants Veronica out of the way. Or the one who holds the rope tied around Jesus who tries to pull him away from her.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us(x3)

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est
(Where charity and love are, God is there)

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