Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him. (Matthew 26: 67)
The bible tells us nothing of a woman called Veronica who wiped the face of Jesus. The fact that this story has emerged perhaps tells us something of how much we hope someone did this for him. We cannot bear his suffering, we want to send someone back into history to help. Perhaps it isn’t too fanciful to believe that there were friendly faces in the crowd. People who caught Jesus’ eye, who gave him relief.
- Take the bench in the ruins for a moment.
- Give to yourself mercy in this week; the mercy you would want to offer to Jesus.