Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus is a pocket-sized devotional featuring key passages of Jesus' own words to St. Faustina, following themes such as trust, deeds of mercy, and ... Read more
By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Mar 23, 2009)
Readings: Is 65:17-21; Jn 4:43-54
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. Jn 4:50
One of the most important revelations in the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska concerns the role of trust. Jesus tells St. Faustina that the "graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive" (Diary, 1578).
Why is an act of trust so significant in the spiritual life? It is because trust plays such a key role in our relationship with God and others. Think about it. To trust someone means that you believe so much in the competency and goodness of another that you are willing to entrust yourself to that person.
We see the power of trust evident in today's Gospel. The royal official's trust in Jesus' words brings about the healing of his son who is near death. His trust in Jesus is the fruit of his belief in the Person of Jesus. Jesus challenges the official to deeper trust when He tells him that he may go, for his son will live. When the official then leaves Jesus and starts for home, he shows that he believes the words of Jesus are worthy of his trust. On his way home, the official learns from his servants that his son had been healed at the very time Jesus had spoken to him!
Trust, then, is like a conduit that allows for the free communication of love between two people — in this case, Jesus and the royal official. Since trust is such a personal act, we can understand why Jesus tells St. Faustina that He gives so much importance to it in drawing graces from His merciful Heart. A lack of trust in Jesus is really a type of rejection of His Person.
Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a Catholic psychologist from Philadelphia, said that for love to grow, the trust in a relationship must be protected and fostered. Deepening our trust in Jesus, then, will help us grow in our love for Him.
My Lord and God, in difficult times, help me to be aware of Your goodness and love for me, so I will continue to trust in Your will for me. Jesus, I trust in You! Amen.