The twelve were with him, as well as some women… Mary, called Magdalene…
and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna and many others,
who provided for them out of their resources.
The Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes The Face of Jesus…
Though I’m unsure if a woman called Veronica actually came forward to wipe Jesus’ face, I am certain that the women in Jesus’ company followed him along that road to Calvary. Though the Roman soldiers frightened the others, the women who loved Jesus and all that he stood for did not abandon him on this dark day.
I don’t often hold my womanhood up for any purpose. I don’t want to be treated better or worse because of my gender. At the same time, I am grateful today that I am a woman. I understand Veronica and the reason she (or I) would wish to wipe Jesus’ face. This act would do little to alleviate the physical pain Jesus felt. Still, this kindness would touch his heart, piercing it more deeply than the lance the soldier would thrust a few hours later. Though Veronica may be only a legend, the power of any of us to touch another’s heart is very, very real.
Loving God, help me use my ability to love with eloquent generosity, just as you do.
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