The Gospels say nothing about a woman named Veronica actually wiping Jesus’ face. The Gospel of Luke, however, does cite a small group of people following Jesus as he was marched toward his crucifixion. Women were a part of this group, if not the entire composition of it! These women were beating their breasts and wailing for him, says Luke. I’m sure this would be so. Jesus was adored, after all, by many, many women.
Jesus had enough time to turn to these women, and, according to Luke, say, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
It is not difficult to imagine a woman quickly reaching for a cloth to wipe the blood, sweat, and tears from Jesus’ face as he was speaking these and other difficult words. The act is not written, but a lot of life occurred between the black and white lines of recorded gospel. I believe there is room in this story for a Christian legend such as Veronica.
Veronica wipes Jesus’ face, as he marches toward his end. Her loving and caring touch must have been been an emotional oasis for a man languishing in an arid desert of hate for what must seem an eternity. Someone is still capable of love and care for neighbor. Even now, that alone is enough for Jesus of Nazareth. He marches forward …
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