As I have heard, “sin is what is taken and grace is what is given.” God gives grace and we sin when we take. It is a slap in God’s face to sin. We are not trusting that the God that is Love will give us good things. No, we think that we must take them to get them.
It all started in the Garden of Eden. There, Adam and Eve were told not to eat the fruit of one tree. Only one tree! Then, the serpent convinced Eve and Eve then convinced Adam that God was holding out on them. So, they took what was not freely being given to them. The Original Sin that has been passed down to all of us.
Then, God banished them from the Garden of Eden, but even that was a gift. God said, “what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?” – [Genesis 3:22] If Adam and Eve were to eat of the tree of life, they would have lived forever, but forever separated from God.
This also points out that God had something much better for them to eat when they ate the forbidden fruit. He wanted to give them eternal life in union with Him and they choose to try to do better. Really?!? Could they have done better than paradise with God? Every time we sin, we are claiming the same, that we can do better.
May we all say, as Jesus has revealed thru Saint Faustina, the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You!” Who else can we trust?