VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
The story of Veronica does not appear in the Gospel, though she has long had a place in the traditional Stations of the Cross. Our witness is a real person, the man who was born blind, whose story is told in Saint John’s Gospel, chapter 9, vv 1-8.
I know this man. Jesus wiped my eyes with mud, and made me see.
Now the mud from his fall, the sweat and the blood from his crown
are blinding him. God bless the woman who wipes his face!
Lord, when we do not see what other people need we are blind to you.
Forgive us. Open our eyes to you in our brothers and sisters.
Bless all those who bring comfort to prisoners condemned to die.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.