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MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK — April 6, 2020

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Blessed Palm is still available at the entrance to church.
Feel free to take enough for your whole family
to remind you and your family of the victory of Christ crucified.

 

 

Sixth Station — Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

John 14:1-9
At the Last Supper Jesus said:
 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
Where [I] am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

The Passion accounts of our Lord in the scriptures do not mention Veronica. But this singular act of kindness toward Jesus on his way to Calvary is very plausible. There was crowd all along the way and knowing the innocence of Jesus they could easily be moved to pity for him in his suffering, even to the point of pushing oneself through the barrier of the soldiers and refreshing Jesus a bit by wiping his bloody face quickly before the guard would push her back. The tradition that his face was imprinted on her veil is a way of indicating that Veronica herself was changed and drawn closer to God by this experience. She treasured this all her life. Pope Francis has said: Jesus is the face of the loving and merciful God. This is teaching for us in our time. Even the disfigured face of Christ shows us that he is forgiving and wants us to be in his saving presence. The psalms in various places uses the expression of seeking the face of the Lord, i.e. entering God’s presence as in the Temple and gazing his beauty and goodness. King David in his “act of contrition” pleaded that God would not remove him from his presence. We contemplate the face of the suffering Jesus whose love for us is greater than everything else.

Psalm 51: 11-13  King David
Turn away your face from my sins;
blot out all my iniquities.
A clean heart create for me, God;
renew within me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from before your face,
nor take from me your holy spirit.

Psalm 27:4, 8
One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek:
To dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life,
To gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple.

“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”;
your face, LORD, do I seek!

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