The JRS clinic is the primary source of medical and psychological care for an average 70,000 detainees each year at the Bangkok detention center. (JRS Thailand)
All: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
If one who has wealth sees a sister or brother in need and refuses them compassion, how can the love of God remain in that one? (1 John 3:17)
When Veronica sees Christ's bloody face, she makes the bold choice to reach out and embrace him in his vulnerability and suffering. She allows herself to connect with and confront his pain. The simplest act of wiping clean a bloodied face takes tremendous courage, and we reflect now upon all the times we have been too afraid to reach out as Veronica did.
Where do we see Christ’s bloody face in the world?
(pause for reflection)
Lord, open our eyes to see Your suffering face in our brothers and sisters in need, and grant us Veronica’s courage to help.
All: Our Father.
Let us keep watch with You.