“Today bring to me the meek and humble souls and souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who would keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with My Confidence.”
Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 1220
Notice, today, how Jesus addresses the apostles at the Last Supper. Judas has left. The events are set in motion that will lead Him through His passion, death and His glorious resurrection. Now He must prepare the apostles for this first Triduum. The last three to four years have been a preparation for this special moment around which all of time revolves, but are they ready? No, they are not. They are like toddlers. He calls them, “My children.”
How long does it take for a newborn infant to grow into some semblance of independence? Isn’t it about three to four years when they can walk, feed themselves, dress themselves, care for themselves and, most especially, talk and listen with a fair degree of understanding? For the last three to four years, the apostles have been following Jesus, who has nurtured them and cared for them as a mother cares for her children in their early years of life and then sends them off to kindergarten to begin formal education.
Jesus, who is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, provides fatherly protection for His children and motherly care and nurturing for them as well. Soon they will be filled with the Life of Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit and they themselves will nurture and care for the infant Church that Jesus entrusts to them but, for now, they are properly called, “My children.”
We, too, are “the meek and humble souls of little children,” growing in Faith, Love, and, especially, Trust of God’s infinite Mercy for us.