Saturday 3 January 2015

The Name

Don Maraccani reminded us that today is the optional memorial - which John Paul II restored to the liturgical calendar - of the Holy Name of Jesus. I was thinking: the liturgy of 1 January already celebrated the Naming of Jesus and his circumcision. The first reading from the Book of Numbers spoke about calling down the Name upon the People. Our Jewish brothers and sisters do not easily say God - they prefer to speak of the Name. Blessed be God would translate as Barukh ha Shem. And then the great passage from the end of Revelation: his Name will be written on our foreheads. And Jeremiah: We are called by your Name. Do not forsake us, O Lord our God! Jesus, the Name which is above every other Name. 

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