Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus

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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Mar 24, 2009)
Readings: Ezek 47:1-9; Jn 5:1-16
... he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water, which was ankle-deep. Ezek 47:3

Today the angel of the Lord calls the prophet Ezekiel to wade into the water of trust in God's merciful love. Ezekiel responds to the angel's request by moving forward at his command.

The odd thing is that when Ezekiel trusts the angel, the water levels of the river deepen and become more perilous. Yet Ezekiel is fearless and continues to move forward through the rushing water, affirming with every step forward that the Lord is with him. The water becomes so deep at one point that he cannot cross without swimming. In spite of the risk to himself, Ezekiel remains faithful to the call of the Lord, and the angel brings him safely to the other side of the river.

God call us, too, into the rushing waters of life that are dangerous and perilous. We can become afraid and want to flee from the Lord's invitation to trust Him, often swimming away at the sound of His voice.

Why do many of us tend to react this way? Perhaps, because we know from experience that trust can be risky. Some people betray our trust in them, and we feel foolish for extending our confidence instead of playing it safe.

The good news is that, as Ezekiel's example shows, when God invites us to trust in Him, He never lets us down. How much richer life is when lived in such trust! We discover the paradox that, in spite of our outward circumstances, our safety is found in trusting in the Lord — always saying "yes" to Him and moving forward into deeper water like Ezekiel.

May our "yes" to the Lord's call this Lent help us move safely through all the obstacles of life.

O Lord, give me the strength and courage to follow Your call into the deep. Deepen my trust in You, in the knowledge that You will keep me safe from all harm. Amen.

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Moderator - Mar 25, 2009

Dear Mary,

I don't think you will ever find a "trust checklist" because we can always grow in our ability to trust the Lord. If there were such a list, we might be tempted either ...
(1) to check off every item in the list and think, 'Okay, I'm done.' or
(2) to get discouraged by thinking about the ways we fail to trust the Lord.

Rather, the Lord will continue to put us in new and interesting situations that will stretch us in our ability to trust. No matter what you encounter, continue always to say, "Jesus, I trust in you." And you will continue growing in trust.

By the way, when we realize after the fact that we missed an opportunity to trust, don't get discouraged. The Lord allows us to see our weaknesses so that we can appreciate how much we need His help, even to be able to trust Him at all. Such experiences are gifts from the Lord.

Mary - Mar 24, 2009

I have such a hard time knowing if I trust God at all or overwhelmingly so...does anyone have a trust checklist- things I can use to check how much I'm trusting? I fast...and I figure fasting shows a trust in God because it doesn't affect things in a hands on way...anything else?