“Paint an Image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU..”
– Diary, para. 47
I desire that this Image be venerated.. I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this Image with the signature: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.”
– Diary, para. 327
It is interesting that in revealing to Saint Faustina His desire for the creation of the Image of Divine Mercy, the Lord Jesus used the word ‘signature’ to describe the text we now find at the bottom of every Image, and which reads – ‘Jesus, I trust in You’.
The dictionary defines a signature as a person’s name or mark written by the person; it is the written sign of the person, personally written. It is the act of signing one’s name to something. It is, therefore the act of marking something as ours.
Consequently, the Lord chose His words very carefully – what He was asking us to do, was to personally inscribe something of ourselves into this Image of Him which we venerate. We are to make this Image our own. But how do we do this?
Perhaps the key lies in the use of another word in this phrase – ‘trust’.
To make this Image of Divine Mercy ours, to place something of ourselves upon it, to make it become a part of who and what we are, we need to do as the Lord asks; we need to trust in Him. He didn’t ask us to love Him, to serve Him, or to adore Him – rather, He asks that we TRUST Him. And if we trsut Him, then all these other actions will follow. Conversely, if we do not really and truly trust Him, how then can we say we adore Him? That we serve Him? That we love Him? Trust is the foundation.
When we truly love another, we know we are not in danger; they will catch us when we fall, they will help us to stand again, and they will always be there for us, no matter what. Is the Merciful Lord any different in this respect? Our love for a person we love is a pale reflection of the love the Lord has for us. Sacred Scripture tells us repeatedly how greatly the Lord loves every one of us; so much so that He willingly allowed Himself to be nailed to the Cross for love of us.
What is at stake is not the Lord’s love for us – His love is beyond question. What He asks of us, is our love of Him, and our trust in Him.
And this is the mark of the Image of Divine Mercy if we really take it to heart and live out what this devotion offers to us and asks of us; our trust in the Merciful Lord is boundless.
In the life of Saint Faustina, she was constantly asked by the Lord to really trust in Him; despite every obstacle, despite every doubt that arose, despite the disbelief of others around her, the Lord sought her complete trust in Him. And as her life progressed, she was gradually able to give to Him her trust, whole and entire. We are asked to do the same.
When next we look upon this Image of the Merciful Lord, let us read those words – Jesus, I trust in You – very slowly and very carefully; and let us ask ourselves with great candour and honesty, one single and simple question – do I?