The Veil of Veronica
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:3
Suffering is not generally considered an inspirational topic, but Christ's suffering has to be the most inspiring act in the history of humanity. You might or might not make the saints, and especially the particular saints of Catholicism, an important part of your spiritual life, but even the most hardshell Baptist can take away some inspiration from Saint Veronica.
The legend is that there was a woman named Veronica — which is taken from a Greek word, Pheranika, meaning “she who brings victory” — who saw Jesus carrying His cross towards Golgotha and was overcome with compassion for Him. She took her veil and wiped the gore and sweat from His face, which left an impression of His face on the veil.
No matter how much truth we ascribe or weight we put on the story of Saint Veronica, the concept is one to make our heart soar with a mixture of the most profound sadness mixed with the greatest happiness. Both Paul and Jesus repeatedly compare the salvation of humanity to childbirth, a process of enormous pain followed by even greater joy, the joy of new life.
Lord, let me always keep Your suffering at the front of my mind. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer