Thursday, March 4, 2021

Then Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. (John 13:5)

In inverted symmetry Veronica wipes the face of the servant God who stooped to wipe the feet of the disciples less than 24 hours before.

And one must ask, where were those disciples? Where were those disciples whom Jesus commissioned at the events of the Last Supper “to love one another” and “to wash one another’s feet?” Perhaps they were already in hiding. Perhaps they were in the crowd but too scared to come forward as Veronica did.

We cannot account for the disciples, but we can account for one mysterious woman, whose motivations we will never know, whose story is truly the stuff of legends. Saint Veronica.

The patron saint of images and laundry workers, photos and photographers. It is so fitting. For in the image of this station that sits before us her saintliness is revealed. I can see it in her face, what she might have said; what she might have thought.

“Lord I cannot do much for you, but I can dry the sweet of your brow and perhaps the blood that has matted your hair.” And I can see it in Jesus’ face, how he might have replied, perhaps echoing the new commandment that he gave the night before. “Veronica, child of God, you have loved another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciple, because you have love for another.”

Peace in Christ,

Pr. Dan Joyner Miller