Jesus is not concerned with appearances. Jesus looks at the heart
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we
From the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 4:6
God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
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Along the Way of the Cross popular devotion has depicted a woman’s gesture, steeped in gentleness and veneration, a kind of lingering trace of the perfume of Bethany. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. In that face, marred by suffering, Veronica recognizes the face transfigured by glory; in the features of the suffering Servant she sees the fairest of the sons of men. Seeing Jesus in this way leads to her generous gesture of kindness and in return she receives the imprint of the Holy Face! Veronica teaches us the secret of that feminine gaze that invites encounter and offers help: it sees persons with the heart!
Jesus most humble,
Come, Spirit of Truth,
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Quis non posset contristari,
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