Jesus’ journey is at times brutal. He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice. He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment. He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face. On her veil, she discovers the image of his face – his gift to her. And, for us to contemplate forever.
Reader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
All: Because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world.
What does the face of Jesus hold for me?
What do I see, as I look deeply into his face?
Can I try to comfort the agony and pain?
Can I embrace him, with his face so covered with his passion?
The veil I behold is a true icon of his gift of himself.
This is for me.
In wonder and awe,
I behold his face now wiped clean,
and see the depth of his suffering in solidarity with all flesh.
Who, on Christ’s dear Mother thinking,
such a cup of sorrow drinking,
would not share her sorrows deep?