March 25, 2016

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

THE WOMAN … who was she? Each of the synoptic Gospels recounts the story of the woman, afflicted for many years by a 'flow of blood', who was cured by touching Jesus’ cloak (see Mt 9:18–26; Mk 5:25–34 and Lk 8:43–48). In a fourth-century text, the “Acts of Pilate,” this woman has been associated with an image of Christ, and has come to be known as Veronica.

In this painting I have connected the two stories.I have painted the hem of Jesus’ cloak and prayer shawl that she touched. There is a hint of rushing and movement on these clothing, symbolising the fact that Jesus had time to stop and stoop down to this lady. No doubt Veronica may have been among the courageous women who accompanied Jesus on his way to execution. She courageously stepped forward to touch the hem of his garment to be cured and again she reached out her hand in an act of courage, compassion and faith as He carried the cross. She recognized the presence of the Christ she loved and in whom she had believed. Her simple gesture of love was authentic, selfless and unconditional...

Continue reading this article published here on the Sisters of Mercy of the Union (Great Britain) website

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