Thursday, June 3, 2010
Swimming with Jesus
We all can relate to the above events. Learning to swim is a rite of passage for all children. The fear, the terror, the excitement. New territories unexplored. Will there be waves? How cold is it? Can i drink it? Is "JAWS" in there? Normal fears from a normal mind. Yet we persist about talking the plunge. And so we do. With nose plugs, earplugs, swimming shoes, arm tubes, wetsuit and inner tube around the waist. We are ready. Like a knight suited up for battle we approach the 2 feet of unknown water as if we were about to embark on a journey from which we may never return. The water is ruthless, we must be prepared. Bon voyage we cry as the crowds wave in adulation. Tears are flowing in honor of our bravery. Just as we approach the entrance to our greatest adventure, mommy grabs us and says "wait for daddy!" Just like that we shrink back down to size. Wait for Daddy. I don't need daddy. I jump in puddles all the time. I even take baths without Daddy! I don't need him. Blind as we are, we know deep down we do need Daddy. And that hurts.
The Image of the Divine Mercy was not complete until "The Signature", as Jesus called it was added. The Signature " Jesus, I trust in You" is of the utmost importance. Through this devotion our Lord is calling the most hardened of sinners back, he is calling the prideful, the lustful, the angry, the unbelieving, even us the "holy". When faced with the burden of sin we created our only response can be "Jesus i trust in You!" While learning the way to live we can only say Jesus i trust in you! When trying to battle sin and vice in our hearts our only response can be "Jesus i trust in you!" When receiving thew Sacraments, forced to look with the eyes of faith our only response can be "Jesus i trust in you!" As we start a family and endeavour to love as He did our only response can be "Jesus i trust in you!" Finally as we die and entrust our souls to our Lord, once again "Jesus i trust in you!" should be our last word in this battle. I guess the point i make is this. When we step out of the boat, onto the water and are surrounded by the waves of doubt, sin and despair we must realize whose big hands are supporting us. We are swimming with Jesus in this great ocean, though the waters seem rough and the bottom is not felt we have no need to fear. We are supported, protected and loved. Let us in humility allow Jesus to take us out of the tube and teach us to swim. His are the hands that support us. We have nothing to fear as long as we give our trust to him. When we swim through the waters of this life, let us swim with Jesus.