The Holy Name of Jesus
Miraculous Imposition from Heaven, in the words of the Archangel Saint Gabriel on behalf of God: “You will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Luke 1:31, Matthew 1:21). During the seventies, the jewish word Messiah, was often translated to the greek soter, savior, (Cornelius a Lapide).
“Christ is a greek name, that, like the jewish name Messiah, means anointed. Jesus was the personal name and own of the Word Incarnate. Christ was the official name of His messianic dignity; Jesus is kind, Christ is more respectful. The church has wisely united the two names, such as to form one name: Jesuschrist, mix of Love and Dignity, which infuses at the same time, reverence and sweetness.” (Father Fernandez). Saint Paul rightly affirms that the name of Jesus is a name which is above every name, (Philippians 2:9).
Jesus = Redeemer, Saviour. Jesus did not buy us and redeemed us, but He keeps buying, redeeming and paying for our debts and saving us, because He continues to immolate and makes His blood run through the world, deriving it to each one of us to work our salvation. (Cardenal Gomá).
Let us consider the Holy name of Jesus this Sunday:
1. Let us invoke completely the name of Jesus
With our lips, saying our prayers, and with our deeds, doing the things according to His commandments. That way we’ll avoid these words He once said to His chosen people: This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8)
If we worry about praying but neglect to act according to His Holy Will, which is summarized in the ten commandments, we can hear these tremendous words: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
2. Let us invoke Holy the name of Jesus
“… No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost,” (1 Corinthians 12:3). Many of you would think: How easy, Who could not pronounce those words? Who could not say the Our Father, the Rosary? But here, it matters to pronounce these prayers in a state of grace so that they will be creditable. How are we suppose to speak dearly to God in the moment we are His enemies because we voluntarily trespass some of His commandments? How dare we look at Him if we first whip and crucify Him with our sins? (Hebrews 6:6). That is why we first need to be at peace with Him through sincere repentance and acts of contrition, and a good confession.
3. Let us invoke finally the name of Jesus to reach Salvation
The sinner invokes Him and gets forgiveness for his sins. He who is suffering a temptation invokes Him, and the temptation disappears like smoke in the wind. The ignorant invokes Him and receives Divine Light. The weak invokes Him and gets strength. The afflicted invokes Him and receives Hope, Peace and Consolation in his hardships, and keeps him away of frustration and desperation. The just invokes Him and Jesus arms him with Perseverance in virtue and Perseverance to the end of his Life.
– Father Luis Marquez