In which…an unintentional miracle?

by Craig on March 14, 2012

The story of Saint Veronica. The sixth Station of the Cross.source

Veronica…
the sixth Station of the Cross.

In Jerusalem’s narrow streets…
over-run with people who came to see a spectacle…
there were some who came to be with our Lord.

Veronica, one of these, matched the steps of Jesus along every street on the way to Calvary.

If you are here from Deep into Love…thank you.

If you are not,,,this is a continuation of a meditation on the Fifth and Sixth Stations of the Cross from there.

She didn’t watch from distance…
nor walk behind…
nor get too far ahead…
but remained close enough to see the face of Jesus…
a face marred by injury and dripping with blood and sweat.

At some point there was a break in movement…
maybe one of the times Our Lord fell under the weight of the cross.

There must’ve been some commotion…
because she slipped through the Roman guards…
right up to the face of Jesus…

close enough to touch…
close enough to help…
close enough to love.

She took a cloth…

framed the face of Our Lord…
blotting up the sweat, wiping blood from his eyes…
maybe sharing some of his tears.

It may have been seconds…maybe minutes…
The Roman soldiers would not give much more.

A singular act of bravery…
a small sacrifice…
a simple and kind deed.

I think our Lord hearts the simple acts of kindness…
in the smallest act of kindness lies the immensity of God’s love.

Everything good flows from God.
Every small act of kindness reflects back to him.

Church tradition has it that the cloth she used retained Your image, Lord.
An unintentional miracle maybe…
like when the woman touched Your robe and was healed…

because…

“…power had gone out from him.” (Mk 5:30)

Was the cloth of Veronica touched by Your grace?
Was Veronica touched by your grace?
Did she and her cloth become a tiny mirror of You?

The story of Saint Veronica. The sixth Station of the Cross.source

She became invisible…
Your image become visible.

Isn’t that the way it should be…
more of You…
less of me.

I’ll continue meditating upon the Stations of the Cross tomorrow on Deep into Love.
I’ll continue the series on God, Satan, demons and angels here next time.

Thank you for reading.
God bless you this Lenten season…
Right up to Easter…
And through these days…
to the eternal day of forever.

In God’s Grace.

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Cora March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

It took a VERY long time for me to learn about simple acts of kindness and love. In fact, I wonder if I have truly learned the lesson, as it is still hard to accept, and hard to believe that if I do small things, I’m pleasing the Lord. Why is it we look for big things to do, and then when we do see them, we either are not equipped to do them, or have an excuse to put it off. So we do nothing, when we could have done LOTS of little things within our realm of possibilities. I think back now over years and years. The things I treasure most???? Little, random acts of kindness shown me, things I never expected to be done for me —- some as small as a hug at a time when a hug meant more than anything else could ever mean. That is what has been so wonderful about counting gifts with Ann. I’ve not only learned to see what is given to ME and how much they count to ME, but I’ve had those AHAH! moments of realizing that these little BIG gifts would mean a lot to someone else, too. Learning to receive is such an important part of learning to give! Thank you for this, Craig. Both blogs today have meant so much to me! You are “seeing” so much and I’m so grateful that you are passing it on to us!

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

Cora, my friend, you’re like me – you know the answer to so many of your questions before you even ask them – but you, like me, probably don’t listen enough to what you already know. Maybe the reason we aren’t ready for the big things when they show up is that we haven’t spent enough time being faithful in the small ones. So it really must be the small ones that count the most – because without them – we can’t do the big ones.and I’m also with you on “learning to receive” you know I’ve struggled with this – so I get it – you KNOW I get it. That time of darkness – it has opened my eyes a bit – and I’m. “seeing” better now – I’m hoping it will continue to get better and better. God bless you my friend.

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Linda R March 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Craig, you have such beautiful blogs. The beauty within just flows all over the page, you are such a gifted writer. I feel closer to God just reading your posts. Thank you for that. I was so tickled that you stopped by my blog and left a comment – that was so sweet and the words profound! Thanks for putting yourself out here, it means a lot 😉

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

thank you Linda – thank you for your kind words – and any “profound” comment I leave on your blog – or any blog – it’s only because I was inspired by the words I read – so thank you for inspiring me. God bless you Linda.

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Dawn March 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Dear Craig,

Right up to Easter…
And through these days…
to the eternal day of forever.

I love
“to the eternal day of forever.” Interesting that you didn’t say “days”. There is no night there so there is no separation like there was the first day of creation. Well, what do you know about that? A new idea for Dawn.

Bless you, Craig!

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

time and eternity – my friend – I’ve thought so much about time and eternity – and the eternity that we step into – being one eternal day – with sequence – but no passing of time – kind of like a clock with no hour hand, or a calendar with no years, I heart the idea of the “eternal day”. God bless you Dawn – seeing you – reading you – always makes me smile.

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Lisa Maria March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

I missed this station until I figured out it was on your sister site. Isn’t it interesting that it was Veronica and not the Mother of God who wiped His face? I often think its just as you say…she NEEDED to do that simple act and be blessed and changed forever by it.

Beautiful closing blessing…thank you! God’s blessings be upon you as well.

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

I know! It was a tricky two parter – I was writing about “sacrifice” for Ann Voskamp – and these two Stations were timed perfectly for that – so I wanted to get them both in on the same day. And I guess we don’t know everything – maybe his mom wiped his face as well – maybe she didn’t need a miracle the way that Veronica did – we don’t know everything – I used to think I did – not anymore. And that closing blessing – it kind of just came out – I don’t usually end with blessings at the end of posts – that was a surprise – I heart it too. Blessings upon you as well Lisa Maria.

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