The Divine Mercy image of Jesus is wildly popular around the world. The original image, which contains red and blue rays coming out of Jesus’ heart, with the words written underneath, “Jesus I trust in you”, was revealed to St Faustina Kowalska in a vision by Jesus. He requested her to “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature; Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the world.” (Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Entry 47)
In Catholic teaching, the veneration of images or statues does not go against the first commandment (“You shall no other gods before me” Ex 20:2). The Church teaches that honouring sacred images does not equate to worshipping, which is due to God alone, but to honour the person represented in images and statues.
By meditating on the Divine Mercy image, Jesus invites us to draw deeper into his Merciful heart – the source of all mercy and love. The message of Jesus’ Divine Mercy is to proclaim God’s desire for our hearts, and nothing can stand in the way of us drawing close to him, not even our weakness and sins.
“Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My mercy.” (Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Entry 1059)
Entrusting ourselves to the Divine Mercy of God will transform and elevate us closer to God. We are called to actively live out the message of Divine Mercy in our lives and to be reflections of God’s mercy to our neighbours.