t. Veronica is said to have lived in the first century A.D., and according to early accounts, she took pity on Jesus as he made his way to Calvary and wiped his face tenderly with her veil. Afterward, according to the stories, an imprint of Jesus’ face appeared permanently on that piece of cloth.
Veronica’s story does not appear in the gospels that we read in church today. However, her act of compassion, even if it never happened, is a beautiful example of someone reaching out to someone in pain, even if that person’s pain will not be eased in the long run. I look upon Veronica’s action as one of the first Christian examples of compassionate care for someone who is going to die.
On TLC Tuesdays, I usually talk about ways that we can be more kind and gentle with ourselves. Our daily lives can often be so full of responsibilities and work for others, that we might forget or neglect that we should also be caring toward ourselves.
However, on this TLC Tuesday, I am turned outward, toward the example set forth by Veronica, and reminded to reach out in prayer, at least, if not in action, to those around me whose health will probably not get better or who are very near the end of their earthly lives. In this way, the imprint of Christ that is on our hearts will show boldly and plainly to those around us – and bring to all a greater peace and comfort.
Blessings for the day,
A very blessed Holy Week to you!
There certainly are many bible-based movies, television programs, and other works making the rounds this week. Whether another telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, or other stories taken from the New or Old Testament, I cannot remember another Holy Week where so many different treatments have reached the airwaves and theaters, not to mention the newspapers, internet, and bookshelves.
I suppose part of this is because, simply, people will tune in; media companies produce what they believe the public will watch and sponsors will support.
But, too, I think it is that today’s world is so very troubled that many people crave something better, more hopeful, and deeply spiritual. Although it is hard to watch the Passion of Our Lord because of the utter cruelty and pain he suffered, the result – the Resurrection – makes for an uplifting end and new beginning for all of us of faith.
Which leads me to the point of this installment of Food for Thought. I might tune in to a couple of the programs that will air this week, but more than that, I plan to spend a lot of time in prayer, reflection, and meditatin on the basics – the actual Word. I want to cultivate that connection between the bible pages and my eyes and draw the meaning written on them into my heart and soul. It’s hard to do that when you’re interrupted by commercials or distracted by how the actors look or what other production values a particular program has.
So, for me, it’s back to basics – and forward into Holy Week.
Blessings to you at this blessed time!
Perhaps it’s taken a long time to admit it, but now you do.
You don’t feel like praying.
Are you a bad person? Sinning for saying it? Hopelessly lost?
Not at all. God still and always will love you, and He knows how deeply you are hurting, torn, arid like the proverbial desert.
So, if you don’t feel like talking today, or any time, that’s all right, because God will still talk to you. And He’ll bring you His comfort and peace, His love and grace.
God is that friend who is a friend even when you don’t feel like saying anything. Just sitting. Relaxing.
In His presence, in the stillness, God speaks to you.
Today’s a great day to encourage yourself and others…just because.
So often, we wait to express our appreciation, admiration, or pleasure to someone else. It might be a spouse who lives alongside of us, or it might be someone we don’t see, but hear at the end of the telephone during our daily business interactions. We might be in a bad flare, and not able to think or do much beyond “getting through the day,” so encouraging ourselves seems a far-off ability. We might be so busy that we don’t think beyond the surface of everyone we meet or interact with.
Oh, yes, we remember those “days to commemorate,” that is, the birthdays or anniversaries marked on our calendar. We will drop everything and pick up the telephone if we hear of someone’s accident, loss, or diagnosis of a serious illness.
But, sometimes, it is good to take time to say, “I appreciate you,” or “I’m going to encourage myself,” …yes, just because. Moreover, it can make the rest of the day seem more special and more enlivened.
So, today, reach out. Cheer on. Appreciate.