Wednesday April 29, 2020  Feast of Catherine of Siena

The youngest of the 25 children of the Benincasa family of wool dyers, Catherine was born on March 25, 1347 in Siena, Tuscany (Italy).  When still very young, she was favoured with celestial visions and began to practice severe austerities.  Having thus offered the sacrifice of her life for the unity and renewal of the Church, Catherine suffered a seizure and after three long months, died on April 29, 1380 aged barely 33.

 “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.”  John 6: 37

This little line says much about our Lord’s Divine Mercy.  It is a line repeated often in St. Faustina’s Diary of Divine Mercy and it’s a statement that many people need to hear.

Why is this important to hear?   Because, very often, we can carry the burden of rejection.  Without even realizing it, there are many who have experienced rejection in their life and, as a result, are afraid to be vulnerable in a relationship out of fear of being hurt.  Once you have been hurt in a relationship, you proceed with caution.  This hurt can come from a family member, spouse, friend or anyone we’ve tried to reach out to in love only to receive hurt and rejection.  And that hurts.

Jesus’ words are especially important because they help to reassure us that Jesus is trustworthy.  It is true that we can come to Him, open our hearts to Him, become completely vulnerable to Him, and He will treat us with the utmost tenderness, respect, kindness and care.  Jesus will treat us with more care than we even treat ourselves!

Reflect upon these words of Jesus today.  Say them over and over.  “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.”  Know that He wants you to come to Him and to open your heart to Him completely.  Doing so will allow Him to manifest His love for you and enable you to trust Him beyond what you ever imagined possible.

Lord, I want to come to You in my sufferings and rejection.  I know You are the Divine Healer and will bring comfort to my soul.  Help me to trust You and to let You love me.  Jesus, I trust in You.

 God Bless you.  Have a wonderful day.