My husband and I were sitting and talking on our back patio just the other evening. While we relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company, the sun set and darkness began to surround us. As our eyes adjusted, the moonlight provided some soft lighting and the fireflies began their shimmering dance across our back yard. I was quite entertained with the little bright spots of light spinning and zipping around. My husband then arose from his rocker and stated that he would turn on an outside light. I quickly told him, “No, we won’t be able to see the fireflies!”. He laughed, but sat back down and we continued to visit in the darkness all the while enjoying those sparks of light.
Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. I love this Feast Day! Devotion of Divine Mercy was personally requested by Jesus during church approved apparitions to Saint Faustina. Sister Faustina was born in 1905 in Krakow, Poland and received many messages from Christ. He appeared as Divine Mercy and instructed Faustina to have His image painted. It was His request that the image be venerated and for there to be a Divine Mercy feast day the first Sunday after Easter. Saint Faustina kept a diary of her heavenly visits and although she was poorly educated and only lived to the age of thirty-three; she was able to achieve all that was asked of her. If you have not read her diary, I highly recommend you do.
I spent part of the afternoon, on this glorious Divine Mercy Sunday, watching a documentary on the original painting of Divine Mercy Jesus which was supervised by Saint Faustina. She wanted the artist to portray Jesus just as she had seen Him. Of course no painting can capture the beauty of our Divine Lord and Saint Faustina wept at the outcome. Jesus was not disappointed; however, and informed Sister Faustina that the painting was a reflection of His Grace.
While gazing upon this original painting of Divine Mercy, I noticed how Jesus was surrounded by darkness. His rays of Mercy shine forth through the darkness as He extends a blessing. I thought about the fireflies. In the light of day, fireflies are unnoticeable. It is only in the black of night that these fireflies shine and sparkle the most. In the same way, in our own darkness of sin we are called to trust in Jesus and trust in His Mercy. We can feel Jesus best when we are at our weakest. We can offer ourselves to Jesus most fully during our most sorrowful days. It is in our weakness and in darkness that we find His Mercy; it shines forth and washes us with His Grace.
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world”, He said, “whoever follows Me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.”
Remember during your darkest days that He is there for you, and His light will show you the Way. Never be afraid of the dark, trust in Him!