So many events in life teach us not to trust. So often our trust has been betrayed—in the political realm, in business dealings and in personal relationships. So it’s no wonder that we might find it difficult to trust in God’s mercy.
But think about this. Humanity’s first sin was based on willful disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his mercy.
When Adam and Eve heard God calling to them in Eden, they hid in fear. They knew they had done wrong, and they didn’t trust him.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command.
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, writes about it this way: “Truly, sin begins with a lack of trust. Sure, pride was there, too. But the starting point, the origin of sin, is lack of trust in God. And this applies not only to the first sin but to all subsequent sin.”
Our prayer: Father, you call to us today as you did our first parents in the Garden. Strengthen our trust in your divine mercy, so that we never hide from you.