The Sixth Station – HERE Veronica wipes Jesus’ face

The procession started the uphill climb towards Ghareb. The peak of Calvary was already visible toward the west. It stood out against the sky.  See also Via Dolorosa and the Fifth Station.

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In an instant someone from the bystanders broke ranks. It was a woman. She came running to Jesus holding in her hands a piece of wet cloth. She wiped Jesus’ face from sweat and blood. She did not bother to look at the soldiers, less still did she care about her safety. She did it instinctively, in a womanly caring fashion. She saw his suffering and thought that this might alleviate some pain.

Jesus appreciated this gesture. He felt the wet cloth on his face as soothing as the best medicine. He could see the woman now as the trickling blood and sweat were removed from his face. He could again open his eyes and see for himself the tender face of the woman.

She was crying and tears were dripping down her peach-coloured cheeks. She had seen for herself the amount of pain the man in front of her was suffering. She knew him well.

Via Dolorosa, Station VI
Via Dolorosa, Station VI

She had sat under a tree to hear his words. And standing there in front of him she remembered his words echoing: “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort” (Luke 6,21-24).

She wanted to hug him but the soldiers had enough of these soft scenes and pushed her back.


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