When you say “Jesus” think about this … Wednesday, January 30

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A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19. This was a part of the instructions Jesus gave just prior to His Ascension. What is God’s name? When you think about it “God” is more of a title, it’s WHAT He is. It’s like calling me “man”. It’s what I am, but WHO am I? In the Old Testament the Trinity was as real as it is now, it just wasn’t revealed. Three Persons in one Godhead, but there was a name. “A” name singular. It was considered to Holy to pronounce and was spoken only once a year by the High Priest at Passover when he went into the Holy of Holies inside the temple to do his priestly duty. ( As an aside the Holy of Holies was a perfect cube of a room located at the center of the Temple, the “heart” of the temple, and seems to correspond with the New Jerusalem described in the Book of Revelation which is also a perfect cube. In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant upon which God’s Glory rested. In the New Jerusalem there is Jesus, God Glorious, and Mary, the Ark. Food for thought. ) But all of this was under the Old Covenant. Things changed with the New Covenant in that the Old contained shadows and types, examples, that are revealed for what they truly are in the New. God told Moses that He was “I am who am” and that he should tell the Israelites that “I Am” had sent him. Exodus 3:14. In the New Testament who was I Am? When approached by the guards in the garden, the ones looking for Jesus to arrest Him, Jesus told them plainly, “I am He.” And they feel backwards to the ground. John 18:6. Why did they fall back? A thought is that He used the Divine Name, the one pronounced by only the High Priest and then only once a year at Passover, in reference to Himself. The guards fell back in total shock, shocked that anyone would dare say the name much less use it in reference to themselves. When asked at His trial if He was the Christ, the Son of God, He answered “I am.” Mark 14:62. At this the High Priest tore his garments in a rage and accused Jesus of blasphemy. In the New Testament, under the New Covenant, we are encouraged to use the Name Jesus in our prayers and supplications. It’s not a word to be whispered once a year by one man alone in a secret sort of place. What was hidden in the Old is revealed in the New. Every time we say “Jesus” lets remember just how holy the name is and what a privilege it is that we be not only allowed but encouraged to say it.

Today … St. Matthias was Bishop of Jerusalem. He was of Jewish heritage, and he governed that see in a troubled era of oppression by the Roman government and political upheaval in Palestine owing to the severe Jewish uprising against Roman occupation. Being Jewish all of the above was not lost on him. How do you think he felt, what awe ensued, every time he said “Jesus”?

January … This has been the Month of the Holy Name. We’ve still got a couple of days left to take this to heart.

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