Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” —Luke 2:34–35
In your suffering as the crowd watched, a woman pushed through the guards and sought to comfort You by wiping Your blood-stained face with her veil. Veronica was so tender and brave. The guards were angry and beat you even more. You accepted this and thought not of yourself, but the women of Jerusalem. You left the imprint of Your face with Veronica. Your beautiful face is now bloody and mangled, yet you love and think of others. Help me to reach out to Your poor and wipe their faces. Give me the courage to help them in their pain. Let me wipe Your face in the poor. I love you Jesus. Forgive me.
Prayer: Father, I offer my service and love for You because of Your Son. O Jesus, I have hurt You so many times. I need Your strength and love to bring to the poor I serve. O my bleeding and suffering Jesus pour Your mercy on this humble Vincentian so that I may serve You in the poor. Veronica gave You the best she could, but I could give more and do not. I take and ask for more while Your poor suffer. Help me not let opportunities to serve You in the poor pass. Help me to give more, my Saviour. Help me to give all I have in Your name. Amen
Our Father who art in Heaven . . . . Amen