Encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in my infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me – I will do everything for them.”

 These are the words of Jesus himself as communicated to St. Faustina in The Diary. Jesus expresses the great love He has for us and the infinite love and mercy that awaits us if we approach Him for forgiveness of our sins and for support in our tribulations. He states that if we have complete confidence in Him, He will do everything for us. That is, where we are lacking He supplements our need. “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God . . . 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Lent is a time to avail ourselves of the sacraments, in order to receive the grace we need to bring comfort and consolation to those who are in need around us. When we approach God as children, we are approaching God with the knowledge that we are helpless without Him; that we need His love in order to show love to others. C.S. Lewis once stated, “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. for in Him is Christ the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself – is truly hidden.” (The Business of Heaven pg. 386)

This is easier said than done when the most difficult people, the hardest to love and show mercy to, can in many instances be in our own families or our work places. But God is telling us that if we trust Him and believe that He will do everything for us, then He will give us the confidence we need to be merciful and loving to even the hardest to love. Is this a leap of faith? Of course it is, but with confidence and trust in God we can do anything if we let ourselves go, like a trapeze artist that flies through the air waiting to be caught. On the trapeze, the flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust the catcher.

Remember that you are the beloved child of God and that He is the catcher. He will be there when you make your leap and all you need to do is to stretch out your arms and hands and trust Him.

“Jesus I Trust in You!” Amen.

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