Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

John 1: 29-34
1 Jn 2: 29– 3:6 / Ps 98

Now I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God.
(John 1:34)

Come and testify to the goodness
Of God in every day revealed.
Be prepared to be called to witness
How your salvation was fulfilled.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel.” Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Him. And I myself did not know Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:29-34)

Reflection

John the Baptist knew the role that he had to fulfill vis-à-vis the coming of the Messiah. Priests, Levites and Pharisees had come from Jerusalem to grill him about his activities in the river Jordan, asking him whether he was the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet from God. He denied he was any of these, and refused to be taken into their confidence, knowing their devious intentions. Instead, he rebuked them, saying, “There is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me…” (Jn.1:26-27) The next day, as Jesus appeared again along the Jordan river, John told his followers: “Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world… the One Who will baptize with the Holy Spirit… I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (Jn.1:29,33-34)

Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. How often do we testify to this holiest of all names whenever the opportunity presents itself? How many people do we hear witnessing to the goodness and wonders of the Lord in their life? As I write these daily Gospel reflections, I have come to realize that these are in fact testimonies to the power of His Word in my meditations. I praise God for His gifts of love and faith, and the grace to see their manifestations in our life.

Witnessing to God’s goodness is the least we can do to reciprocate what He has done for us. His Spirit has led us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of hope in eternal life. It is only fitting that we share His light with other men. As He said, “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt.5:16). Yesterday, our dear friend and fellow runner, Gen. Sid L. celebrated his birthday with the members of our running club with a ten-kilometer run, followed by a thanksgiving mass celebrated by his close friend, Fr. Allan, who came all the way from Bacolod just to make the day a special one for him. A sumptuous breakfast followed. It was a perfect way to start the year. Fitness in body and spirit, with friends of many years celebrating the gift of life. How can you not witness to others about God’s bountiful goodness? As St. paul wrote in the first reading today: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called His children. And so we are!” (1Jn.3:1)

We remember what You said, Lord, “Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give” (Mt.10:8) when You commanded Your disciples to go out and proclaim Your Good News of salvation. How then can we deserve the Kingdom if we do not share it with others? Help us, dear Lord, to perform this obligation. Amen.

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