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Friday, March 22, 2013

Sixth Station


The Sixth Station:  Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.

1. Jesus' journey is at times brutal.  He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice.  He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment.  He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face.  On her veil, she discovers the image of his face - his gift to her.  And, for us to contemplate forever.

2. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

3. What does the face of Jesus hold for me?  What do I see, as I look deeply into his face?
Can I try to comfort the agony and pain? Can I embrace him, with his face so covered with his passion?
4. The veil I behold is a true icon of his gift of himself. This is for me.  In wonder and awe, I behold his face now wiped clean, and see the depth of his suffering in solidarity with all flesh.

5. "Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face." —Deuteronomy 34:10
"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." —2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
"Even as many were amazed at Him — so marred was His look beyond that of man, and His appearance beyond that of mortals — So shall He startle many nations, because of Him kings shall stand speechless." —Isaiah 52:14-15
"His face became as dazzling as the sun." —Matthew 17:2
"Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face." —1 Corinthians 13:12
"They shall see Him face to face and bear His name on their foreheads." —Revelation 22:4

Prayer: Jesus, may I have the love and courage to "seek Your face."


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