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The Bible does not document the story of Veronica wiping the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary. Her story appears in a book called “Acts of Pilate,” which identifies Veronica as the woman who had been suffering hemorrhages for twelve years, who came up behind Jesus, touched the tassel on His cloak, and was healed (Mt 9:20-22). This non-canonical text also tells that Jesus left an image of His face on the cloth she used to wipe His face. Additionally, the narrative continues with Veronica going to Rome and curing Emperor Tiberius by showing him a painting she had made of Christ after her own healing.

Biblical Context and Reflection

While the specific act of Veronica wiping Jesus’ face is not found in the canonical scriptures, her association with the woman healed by touching Jesus’ cloak provides a profound lesson. In Matthew 9:20-22, the woman with the issue of blood approached Jesus with faith, believing that even touching His garment would heal her. Jesus acknowledged her faith, saying, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mt 9:22).

This story exemplifies several key aspects of the Christian faith:

1. Faith and Healing: The woman’s faith led to her healing, demonstrating the power of belief in Jesus’ divine ability to heal and transform lives. Faith is crucial in our relationship with Christ. As Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

2. Courage and Boldness: Approaching Jesus in the midst of a crowd, the woman showed great courage. Despite societal norms that may have discouraged her, she boldly sought Jesus. As Christians, we are called to approach God with boldness and confidence. Hebrews 4:16 encourages us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”.

3. Service and Reward: The Acts of Pilate story of Veronica wiping Jesus’ face highlights the theme of service and its reward. While not scriptural, it aligns with the biblical principle that God sees and rewards our acts of service. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus teaches, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.


Veronica’s story, both biblical and traditional, serves as an inspiration for us as followers of Christ. We are reminded that no act of service, no matter how small, goes unnoticed by God. Our faith in action can bring about healing, transformation, and blessings in our lives and the lives of others.

Let us strive to be like Veronica – bold in our faith, courageous in our actions, and dedicated in our service to the Lord. In a world that often challenges our beliefs and actions, may we hold steadfast to the truth that God rewards those who diligently seek Him and serve His kingdom.

As we reflect on Veronica’s story, let us commit ourselves to living out our faith with courage and compassion, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor 15:58). May we always be ready to serve, trusting that our faithful service will be used by God to bless others and bring glory to His name.

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