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January 3, 2017 – Christmas Weekday

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John (1:29-34)

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’

I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

 

Reflect: There is power in a name. From Paul’s Letter to the Philippians we hear: God gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.… (Phil 2:9-11). In the Gospel today, John the Baptist professes that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” and “that he is the Son of God”.  Today, as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, we take pause to recognize the unique power in the name of Jesus, as well as the call to acknowledge him and worship him as Savior of the world. Like John, we are called to prepare the way for the King, the Savior, the Holy One of God.  As baptized members of the Church, Christ’s body here on earth, we are entrusted with making him known with every fiber of our being. Continuing this Christmas season, let us prayerfully, respectfully, faithfully proclaim the powerful name of Jesus with our lips, and give witness to him by the way we live.

Whenever I pronounce the name of Jesus is it done with the utmost reverence and respect? Do I make decisions about how I conduct my life so that more people might know the truth of who Jesus is and why he came into the world?

Pray: Loving God, you sent your only Son into the world so that we might be saved. Help me to show that there is no one above him; that there is no name greater in all the earth than the one given to him before he was born.  At his name every knee should bend, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen

Jesus, Son of the Living God: Have mercy on us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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