Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Sixth Station of the Cross- Veronica wipes Jesus’ face

Symbol- Napkin

Veronica loved Jesus very much. When she stepped out to wipe his face, she risked getting in big trouble from the soldiers. Her love and kindness overcame her fear.

Jesus' face was covered with blood. From the crowd Veronica came forward with a cloth to wipe His face. On the cloth Jesus gave to us an imprint of His bloodied face. This remains with us this day as a sign of His immense love for us. Jesus remains with us, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in the Eucharist this day, waiting and longing to be with us. Oh, how Jesus loves us!

Let’s look at Jesus

Jesus is hot, tired, and sweating. His hair is all tangled, and he is covered in dust from the long walk. A woman pushes her way out of the crowd and stands in front of Jesus. She takes a clean cloth and gently wipes Jesus' face. A picture of Jesus’ face remains on the cloth.

Let’s look at our Hearts

Have you ever done something that helped someone feel better? You may have done something that you thought was very small or unimportant like bringing a glass of water or juice to someone, or giving someone a helping hand with a chore, or simply being a friend to them. Maybe you just smiled at someone who looked sad!

Think of the times you have helped others. It feels good to help others. Picture Jesus embracing you. Picture him leaving a picture of his face on your heart. What a wonderful heart you have!

V.We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Veronica steps towards Jesus with a wet cloth. She wanted to comfort Jesus in any way she could. She gently wiped his face. The soldiers roughly pushed her back. They continued along their way.

Dear Jesus,
There are times when I see someone that is being picked on. Jesus, I want to love you like Veronica. Help me to be brave and love others who are unpopular.
There are times when I see someone that is sad. Just as Veronica wiped Your face to comfort you, help me to always help others in whatever way I can.

Mary, help me to see Jesus in all things.

Almighty Father, Help me to see the needs of others. Remind me to be helpful, even if I am not asked. This I ask through Christ Our Lord.

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