Sixth Station of the Cross
VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R/. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians
“God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor 4: 6)
Points for reflection:
When Veronica wipes the face of the suffering Christ, she “recognizes the face transfigured by glory.”
Outward appearances, like poverty or sin, can distract us from the “allure of things unseen.” Who or what has recently been the victim of our prejudice?
Let us pray for the grace of eyes that are capable of looking beyond the surface.
Reflections adapted from a Way of the Cross version posted by the Vatican’s Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, as written by Sr Maria Rita Piccione, OSA, president of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Federation of Augustinian Monasteries in Italy.
* Instrumental music from the “Vespers” album series courtesy of Jesuit Music Ministry/Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc.
** 360-degree photo of the Immaculate Conception Church in Balayan, Batangas by Fung Yu.
*** Photos of stained glass windows featuring various stations of the cross by Hubert Pacheco, taken at the Shrine of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Pasay City.