Whats in a Name? … Monday, February 11

L' Annonciation, 1644, peinture de Philippe de...

“You will call His Name Jesus” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.” Luke I:31. Jesus. It was a common name at the time, its meaning reflecting a nations hope. Jesus basically means “the Lord is salvation”. (As an aside, and concerning the name Jesus, there are different ways of looking at the validity of transliteration and translation, semantics, and etc. Bluntly, there are people who like to argue any and every point regardless the validity of the argument or its worth. I’ve never known one of these that could read or translate Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, or Latin. And that means they really don’t know what they’re talking about even though they think they do. Like Shakespeare’s play, for them the argument is the thing. Please read Titus 3:9. I leave those folks to themselves and to their own devices. Personally, and with no concern for what these argumentative people may think about it, but with a great distaste for the mindset that goes with the argument, I trust that when I say “Jesus” He knows Who He is, and so do I.) Salvation, help from the Lord, is exactly what the Jews were looking for. And they needed to be saved. Saved from the Romans, from their own “king” Herod, from the pagan world around them, from sin, from themselves. Not much has changed for Jew or Gentile, has it? Humanity, as long as we live with our own fallen nature, needs salvation. And we’ll continue to until Jesus returns. The old adage, to “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”, sounds good. Until push comes to shove. Try it sometimes, try pulling yourself up out of the muck and mire of your own sinful nature via human endeavor alone and see how much real progress you make. Isaiah 64:6. Gravity takes its toll. So does sin. That’s why we need a savior. And just as we need Jesus, just so He needs our co-operation.

The Lord’s salvation is one thing. Our acceptance of it and our willingness to work with it is another. Where would we be now if, after the Annunciation, Mary had said “Yes” and then sat on her hands? God’s salvation, His grace, is a gift. Like a Christmas (Christ-Mass) package under the tree (cross) its beautiful but of no use to me unless I accept it and unwrap it. “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.” Philippians 2:12., Douay-Rheims. It may sound hard, but we need to remember, and never forget, that grace follows grace and He supplies all the help we’ll ever need. John 1:16, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 19:26.

“And in all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22. “Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13.

Call on the Name above all names. It’s a gift given us, this Name is a gift whereby we must be saved. God sent the angel Gabriel with this Gift to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. The Divine Name, the Name of God under the New and Everlasting Covenant, JESUS, isn’t a magic talisman. It isn’t a wizard’s concoction. It isn’t a charm to be worn around the neck and forgotten about. It IS a REALITY and a SPIRITUAL weapon. “Our God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly.” Psalm 46:1b. “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth … ” Philippians 2:10.

Today … St. Jonas was an Egyptian monk under St. Pachomious at Demeskenyanos Monastery. He served as a gardener for eighty-five years in the desert hermitage and was known for his deep piety. A gardener in the desert. A vine dresser in the Lord’s vineyard, which vineyard is located in the world despite its being a desert of sin, and via God’s Grace there is a blooming in the desert. In the desert heat St. Jonas toiled. And believe me, if his gardening brought forth any fruit, it was ONLY because of the Name above every other name. It was ONLY because of Jesus.

Pray in Jesus Name … “The great method of prayer is to have none. If in going to prayer one can form in oneself a pure capacity for receiving the spirit of God, that will suffice for all method.” ~ St. Jane Frances de Chantal ~

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