Vatican City, Jan 19, 2020 / 06:26 am
Meditating on the Gospel and on Christ's holy face is a good way to know Jesus better, especially as the Lamb of God who sacrificed himself for the sins of the world, Pope Francis said Sunday.
Reflecting on John the Baptist's testimony in the Gospel of John is an invitation "to start afresh on our journey of faith: to start afresh from Jesus Christ, the Lamb full of mercy that the Father has given for us," he said Jan. 19.
"We learn from the Baptist not to presume that we already know Jesus, that we already know everything about him," he continued. "It is not so. Let's stop on the Gospel, perhaps even contemplating an icon of Christ, a 'holy face.'
The Holy Face of Manoppello, held in a church in an Italian village, is believed to be an image of the face of Christ, perhaps from the Veil of Veronica.