6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Psalm 27: 8-9
‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’
Your face, LORD, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
The volunteer is tired, and a bit overwhelmed. She wonders what, if anything, she is achieving. Then, at the end of a long day, after she has done what she thinks is a small kindness, someone says ‘thank you’ with tears in their eyes.
Lord, show us your face
in every human being;
and help us to know that whatever we do
for our brothers and sisters,
we do for you.