Jer 23:5-8 / Ps 72:1-2,12-13,18-19
“You are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
Lord Jesus, we glorify Your Name
In every place and at every hour;
May we never mention it in vain,
But only for its saving power.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife into his home. (Matthew 1: 18-24)
“Jesus.” Whenever I close my eyes in meditation of that beloved Name, the power of its most gentle sound seems to wash away all tensions and anxieties of the day. The oriental religions have their “mantras” when they meditate. Did you know that we too can meditate like them to attain inner peace? But our one-word mantra is far more powerful than all their mantras combined. The Name of our Lord is just so wonderful because it signifies salvation. (Breathe deeply, say: “Jesus, I love you.”)
“God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend…” (Phil. 2:9-10) And yet how casually many people use His name as if cursing when they are frustrated or ill-tempered. Or even as a joke, (coming from a priest at that in his homily!): A teacher asked her students where Jesus lived, and little Tommy said “In the toilet.” Asked how come, the boy answered, “When daddy wants to go in, he shouts, “Jesus! How long are you going to stay there?!” This is surely the work of the enemy in order to diminish the importance of Jesus in our lives. If only these people would realize that in faith that holy Name can bring about solutions even to the most trivial problems. I have read many personal testimonies in “blogs” about computers working, cars starting, lost keys being found, etc. when people simply prayed “in Jesus’ Name”. St. Paul advises us that, “whatever you do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17) Let us always honor His Name, never taking it in vain, but blessing each other by it.
“Blessed forever be His glorious Name; may the whole earth be filled with His glory.” (Psalm 72:19) Dear Lord Jesus, may Your Name be ever in my lips, in my mind and in my heart, so that my days and nights will always be filled with love and gladness, and my life be made holy. Amen.