03 Jan 1 John 3:23 (Holy Name of Jesus)
“And His commandment is this: we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as He commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Today is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, eight days after the birth of Christ. “When eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21) This feast day was first celebrated in the 15th century as a celebration of Christ’s naming and circumcision (a memoriam of the first shedding of the Lord’s blood), but has evolved into the central feast of all the mysteries of Jesus Christ. Today we should take the opportunity to reflect on the power of the name of Jesus revealed to us in scripture and in our lives. The name of Jesus invoked with confidence brings physical healing (Mark 16:17-18, Acts 3:6, 9:34, 9:40). Jesus’ name gives consolation in spiritual trials…try chanting Jesus repeatedly to yourself when tempted by sin, and you will be overwhelmed with a feeling of peace. His Holy Name protects us from satan for the devil fears the Name of Jesus. In the Name of Jesus we obtain blessings, for Christ has said: “If you ask the Father anything in my name He will give it to you.” (John 16:23) Therefore, we conclude our prayers with these words: “Through Our Lord Jesus Christ.” Lord, may every knee bend at the sound of Your Most Holy Name, Jesus, Amen.
Faith Challenge: Don’t be ashamed to speak the Holy Name of Jesus in public for His name has great power.
Feast Day: Most Holy Name of Jesus
Faith Quote:“Glorious name, gracious name, name of love and of power! Through you sins are forgiven, through you enemies are vanquished, through you the sick are freed from their illness, through you those suffering in trials are made strong and cheerful. You bring honor to those who believe, you teach those who preach, you give strength to the toiler, you sustain the weary.” ~ St. Bernardine of Siena
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.