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Fr. Herman's Homily on the Solemn Feast of the Name of Jesus

January 31, 2018

 

 

(Sharing of Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ)

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Supplica 2018

 

 

1. Introduction: The Most Holy Name of Jesus

  • The celebration serves as the opening activity of the Year of Clergy and Consecrated Persons of the Rogate Family.

  • People greet one another: Praised be Jesus! And the response is: Now and Forever!

  • Invocation of the Name of Jesus brings healing and wholeness, according to the promise of Christ: "In my name they shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover". (Mark 16:17-18) In the Name of Jesus the Apostles gave strength to the lame (Acts 3:6; 9:34) and life to the dead (Acts 9:40).

  • It gives consolation in spiritual trials. The Name of Jesus reminds the sinner of the prodigal son's father and of the Good Samaritan; it recalls to the just the suffering and death of the innocent Lamb of God.

  • It protects us against Satan and his wiles, for the Devil fears the Name of Jesus, who has conquered him on the Cross.

  • In the Name of Jesus we obtain every blessing and grace for time and eternity, for Christ has said: "If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you." (John 16:23). Therefore the Church concludes all her prayers by the words: "Through Our Lord Jesus Christ", etc.

 

The Supplica: 1888 St. Hannibal introduced this practice of petitioning God in the name of Jesus for the many needs of the Congregation. The novena to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is of primary importance to St. Hannibal and the life of his founded institutions since 1888.

  • To increase our faith in the power of the name of Jesus

  • To foster our love for the person of Jesus

  • To testify of our concern for repairing the evil inflicting the Church and entire humanity

 

2. The Name of Jesus in Our Prayers and Liturgy

  • The Name of Jesus– LIFE-GIVING Name (Saviour) “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved (Jb 2:32).

    • Jesus is saviour, salvation

    • Jesus is life and life-giving

  • The Name Jesus as summary and sign of God’s love and presence

    • Jesus is love of God in action

    • Jesus is God with us

    • We are supposed to be recognized as POGIY (Presence of God in you).

  • The Name of Jesus is complete Joy/ a channel of God’s graces and blessing.He is our way to the Father. That what you ask through Jesus will be given to you. It is in Jesus that we receive what we ask and we are welcomed when we approach.

    • Jesus is JOY

    • Jesus is blessing

    • Begging the Lord of the workers into His vineyard is begging JOY AND BLESSING

 

3. Conclusion: The challenge in Honouring the Most Holy Name of Jesus

  • To be life-giving.

  • To be signs of God’s love and presence.

  • To be channels of God’s graces/blessings and joy.

  • PRAISED BE JESUS! NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN.

 

 

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