24th April, 2022

divine mercy medal

‘The more you trust, the more you receive’

Divine Mercy Sunday

I would like to begin today’s reflection with a question. Why do we need God’s Mercy? Every year, on the second Sunday of Easter which is Divine Mercy Sunday, I ask myself this quite simple question: Why do we actually need God’s Mercy? And the second question, that I am trying to answer on this solemn day is: Couldn’t God have created this world, this wonderful world, but without suffering, evil and sin? Couldn’t God have created a world without war, violence and all the atrocities we hear about in the media especially these days? Why is God silent when so much evil is happening in the Ukraine and many other countries in the world? As I reflected on this, I came to the conclusion that a man who could not make any choices between good and evil, or commit any sins, would not really be human, but would rather be like a robot that is not free and has no free will and is also unable to love anyone. But there is another reason that I personally find very interesting: It seems to me that when we suffer, when we commit sins, this is when we need God the most, and then we can feel his presence and closeness in our lives the most.

Recently I had the opportunity to read a very interesting book in which there was an inspiring story. The author of this book wrote: When you are a child and only a few years old, you are too young to understand what it means to be a world-famous surgeon, but big enough to break your leg. And so, it happened to a little boy who unfortunately fell down the stairs in his house one day. His leg was swollen, he couldn’t walk, he was crying because he was in quite a lot of pain. His dad came immediately after he heard the thud followed by crying. He took off his son’s shoe and sock and touched his leg to see what exactly had happened to him. The son said to him crying:

  • Daddy, I will not walk anymore, I cannot stand on my feet!
  • Of course, you will be able to walk, my son, very soon.
  • But who can help me?
  • I will help you.
  • Dad, you are not able to! How are you going to help me?

The boy didn’t know who his dad was, he was too young to understand. He only knew that people called his father “doctor” and mum would say that he was a very good and clever person. Dad carried his son to the car and they went to the hospital together. The boy could see that his dad had the key to the doctor’s office. There was an orthopaedic textbook on the desk.

  • Daddy did you write this book?
  • Yes, this is my book.

They went into the office and his dad put on a white apron, gently set his son’s injured leg without causing any pain, then put a plaster cast on it and they both went back home. The leg stopped hurting shortly after this. Now, the boy not only knew from hearing who his dad was, but he also saw and experienced for himself his father’s skills. I think this simple story can tell us a lot about God’s Mercy and today’s feast. I dare to say, that if it was not for our sufferings, everyday falls and sins, we would not be able to experience and learn who our Father in heaven really is. After all, when we experience suffering, when we are touched by any evil, when we experience loneliness, when we fear something very much, then we open ourselves up to God and feel His presence in our lives. And this is why God’s Mercy is so important and necessary. In our weakness and suffering we find out how great God’s Mercy is and how much He cares for us. As one of the prophets says: ‘Until now, I only knew you by hearing, and now I have found out who you really are’.

And finally. Both, today’s feast and St Sister Faustina invite us to put our trust in God. If we were to summarize Sr Faustina’s diary in one sentence, many of us would probably say that it is: ‘Jesus, I trust in You’, and this would be a good answer, but I found another sentence that I think summarizes the diary even better. This is an incredibly beautiful and motivating phrase: ‘The more you trust, the more you receive’. Trust in God is the key to everything. In Sr Faustina’s diary, I found a very interesting conversation between Faustina, who was overwhelmed by suffering, and Jesus. One day she said: ‘Jesus, I am not understood by my superiors. Nobody understands me. Darkness clouds my soul’. And then she heard Jesus’ answer: ‘I know what it means not to be understood, especially by those you love. However, I do like your faith and the trust you have in me. But know that people will never understand the human soul, because it is beyond their capacity. That is why I myself stayed on earth to console your heart and comfort your soul so that you would not stop on your journey’. I would like to end this reflection with those words.

Let us trust Jesus especially now in this uncertain and difficult time which we may not fully understand, when evil is so terrible, so tangible and so close. Jesus is with us to console our aching hearts and to refresh our souls, so that we will not stop on our journey. Let us put our total trust in Him.

Fr Gregory