Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Sixth Station: St Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus' condition worsens and it is apparent to all that He cannot physically cope with the demands being placed upon Him. Sweat and blood pour down his face just as the previous night in the garden, during His Agony, His sweat had become so profuse as to fall like drops of blood from his forehead. Unlike last night, though, here is a moment of kindness, all too brief. St Veronica simply wipes the blood and sweat away so that they might not sting His eyes. The crowd may be shouting obscenities at Jesus, but there are people in the city who cannot remain unmoved by the Via Crucis. There are always compassionate people in the world. For their compassion to be of any more worth than superficial, they must dare to step out from the crowd at some point.