There’s Something About the Name
Malvern Minute

 

January 3, 2018 Wednesday before Epiphany

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted him he gave power to become the children of God. Alleluia, alleluia!

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 accord 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: Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God. John the Baptist was getting a lot of attention. People wondered if he was Elijah, or one of the prophets, or even if he was the messiah. Everything he did, however, pointed away from himself. Clearly, he was the one preparing the way for “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Through prayer, fasting and a desire to grow close to God, John understood that he should decrease while Jesus, the true Messiah, was to increase. As we continue this wonderful celebration of Christmas, this is an important message upon which we should reflect. In the first reading today (1 John: 2:29-3:6), we are reminded about our own specialness: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” As special and gifted as we are created, we are not the messiah. We are called to be disciples to prepare his way, to make him known, to draw people to him. Like John, we are called to decrease so that Jesus may increase. All that we do should be about bringing honor and glory to Jesus. Today is also the memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus. The Christmas season calls us to venerate Jesus. That call should help to remind us about the importance of venerating the name of Jesus at all times. His name is sacred and powerful; at his name, every knee should bend. May what we live for demonstrate our respect and honor for the one and only Divine Messiah – Jesus the Lord!

Questions: Do I respect and honor the name of Jesus in my speech and thoughts? Do I live to increase the presence of Jesus in the world or to increase my own name and reputation? How might I consider decreasing so that whatever I do might make more room for Jesus’ honor and glory?

Pray: Loving God, you, alone, are worthy of all praise and honor. Give me a heart that desires to make the name and presence of Jesus known and honored throughout the world beginning with those I encounter today in the places where you have me planted.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                       

At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those 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 2:10-11)


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