…would I what?
In the 6th Station of the Cross Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Bit of a risk really – I mean, imagine it – just close your eyes and imagine it: the noise of crowd jeering, the ridicule, the rough Roman soldiers wanting to be rid of another trouble maker, the loneliness with all his friends gone because they were too scared, too fearful that they would be next. The scuffling of feet raising dust everywhere… the smell.
Veronica must have realised it would be risky trying to get to Him and expected a blow from one of the soldiers at any moment. But still she risked it, she dared to go over and help. Not that wiping His face would actually help much – no, it was her mere willingness to be there with Him that was so important: one compassionate face amidst the violent snarling mob and soldiers.
So, would I… would you… take the risk? Would you going to risk sneaking up to Jesus to wipe His face? Fortunately we are not being called to do so.
But we are being called. Again and again Jesus calls to us to “wipe His face”. Remember His words? “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and Love one another as I have loved you” just three examples of what he often He tells us – commands us – to do.
So how do we do what Jesus told us to do? Prayer is a good starting point, but not enough. Prayer should lead us to action – both in our daily lives by what we say (or, indeed, do not say when we want to make a cutting remark); how we care for those around us; and how we help those that we never see, never meet and never know: those for whom we pray and to whom we give alms. The Bible talks of giving alms. We are called to do this, but first… and last… and in the middle: pray.
For a reflection on Veronica wiping the face of Jesus see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkhG5raXRO0