Lenten Reflections | Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Bible Verse

Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.” My heart says to thee, “Thy face, Lord, do I seek.” Hide not thy face from me.
Turn not thy servant away in anger, thou who hast been my help. Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

~Psalm 27:8-9 (RSVCE)

Reflection
Veronica here symbolizes the yearning of all believers to see the face of God. Even though she saw the brutality of the soldiers and watched the fear that gripped the disciples, nothing deterred her in running to Jesus and wiping away the acts of irreverence which He endured in those hours of torture.

Veronica is truly the image of a bold and beautiful woman who amid turmoil and dismay shows that she does not allow her heart to be bewildered but seek God alone. Are we like her?

“Blessed are the pure in heart”, the Lord had said in his Sermon on the Mount, “For they shall see God”
~ Matthew 5:8

At first, Veronica saw only a buffeted and pain-filled face. Yet her act of love impressed the true image of Jesus on her heart and on his human face which was bloodied and bruised, she saw the face of God and his goodness, which accompanies us even in our deepest sorrows.

Do we have a heart so tender like Veronica which can see Jesus? How bold and courageous are we to stand for God and His love? Does our love for others allow them to see Jesus in us?

Prayer
O, my Sweet Jesus! Take my heart in place of Veronica’s veil and imprint your sacred features upon my poor heart. Grant me a restless heart that will long to seek your face all the days of my life. Give me the courage that is born of humility and goodness and may I encounter you every moment and show your image to the world, that is impressed in my heart, without fear. Amen.

Life Sharing
I’ve always struggled to be courageous in my life. I used to be constantly worried about what others would think of me or if I would be judged unnecessarily for my acts/thoughts, especially when I had to stand up for my faith. The safest way for me to escape was to be away from people who were troublesome. But soon I learnt about the phrase ‘What would Jesus do? (WWJD)’ and that changed my life drastically. So, in every situation that came my way, I analyzed carefully and it taught me that being courageous for God was extremely important because pleasing Him was far more essential than pleasing the world.

Action Plan

  • I will write down the areas in my life that stop me from being courageous for God and spreading His love to His people.
  • I will find an accountability partner who could keep a tab on the areas I am struggling to show my love for God.
  • I will analyze and meditate on the areas where I am self-seeking and fail to be kind and compassionate to my neighbours.

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