Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matthew 25:45)

There is no biblical evidence for the character of Veronica, the woman who is fabled to have wiped the sweat off the brow of our savior. And that is true. Veronica is what we call an ‘extra-biblical’ character. She is not mentioned in any of the four gospels, but the stories and traditions of our church put her along the Via Crux, the way of the cross, as Jesus passed by.

And yet. If we look closely, is she not truly there? Just like Jesus, who is present in the face of the “least of these,” Veronica is in the hands of all who reach out to others in their time of need.

Think of doctors and nurses who bandage wounds. Think of nursing care workers who clothe and bath their residents. Think of a homeless shelter worker heaping a pile of eggs on a plate. Think of grandparent wiping the tears away from their grandchild’s face. Think of a parent who wipes….well, all types of messes.

My friends, this is where we find Veronica. And yes, there are many in the Bible, living under other names and there are many in our lives as well. As we meditate on this sixth station of the cross this is a moment to thank God for Veronica, and all the Veronicas of every time and place.

Peace in Christ,

Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller