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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.

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Mike - Mar 23, 2009

John 2:14-16(NAB)"He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my father's house a marketplace."
This is the only account that I am aware of in which Jesus takes physical action to chastise people. It is recorded in all four Gospels and in the New American Bible this is the harshest description of the event. When you look at it closely, Jesus puts an end to sinful action and reproaches the wrongdoers verbally but that is the end of it. There was no punishment attached here. Jesus strongly scolded them and then taught them the truth. "Zeal for your house consumes me."
John14:8,9 (NAB) " Philip said to him(Jesus), 'Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father."
Everything Jesus did is an example of the Father's Love. So it is safe to gather that the Father metes out Justice in the same manner as the Son. It is also safe to take from the life of Jesus that the Father pours out Mercy in the same manner as the Son. The only purpose of Divine Justice is to point out our sins so that we desire God's greatest attribute Divine Mercy.
Jesus has proven his endless Love and Mercy for us. What you see Jesus do, so does the Father. The Son is in complete obedience to the Father and the Father lives through the Son.
So there is absolutely no reason not to trust Divine Mercy! We should eagerly throw ourselve into "the abyss of Divine Mercy". This is not enogh, however, Jesus implores us to be mercy for one another.
St. Faustina wrote, "Even if I had the sins of the whole world, as well as the sins of all the condemned souls weighing on my conscience, I would not have doubted God's goodness but, without hesitation, would have thrown myself into the abyss of the Divine Mercy, which is always open to us; and, with a heart crushed to dust, I would have cast myself at His feet, abandoning myself totally to His holy will, which is mercy itself" (Diary 1552).
Dear Jesus, Divine Mercy, I cry out to you, along with those early Church fathers who believed in Universal Savation, for all of Creation. I offer myself as a living sacrifice for all those who died without trusting in your Mercy. Let me be their shield, Through me take the weight of their sins, pour out your Divine Mercy throughout all of your Creation, so that your entire body may once again be whole. Jesus I trust in your mercy for all of Creation; your body. All things are created in you, through, you, with you, and for you Jesus. Jesus I trust that you will not abandon any of your beloved. Before you return to judge the world your Divine (unfathomable) Mercy will restore all things to yourself.