Wednesday, January 02, 2008
HOLY NAME OF JESUS
HOLY NAME OF JESUS - A
1 JOHN 2:29-3:6
If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who
acts in righteousness is begotten by him. See what love the Father has
bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we
are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know
him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet
been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like
him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based
on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin
commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. You know that he was
revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who
remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him.
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of
whom I said, `A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because
he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came
baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel." John
testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove
from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who
sent me to baptize with water told me, `On whomever you see the Spirit
come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy
Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."
Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. The name "Jesus" means
"God saves." Jesus is truly the savior of mankind. He represents the
Godhead, majestic in power whose might is beyond compare. From his
throne in heaven, he comes to earth to forgive us our sins, to make us
children of God. He, the righteous One, becomes man, suffers, dies and
is buried in order to make us righteous. He is the Lamb of God who
takes away our sins.
John the Baptist tells us very clearly to look at Jesus. That our
attention, our conversion, our life must be spent in looking at him,
in believing in Jesus. He will baptize us with the Holy Spirit. He
will rise from the dead in order to destroy the power of hell. This is
our direction in life -- to look at Jesus who saves us from our sins.
Jesus can truly make a new creature out of us. Christians are those
who call upon the name of the Lord, who believe that God in Jesus is
powerful to transform men, to recreate mankind. Look at Jesus and pray
to him who is the Son of God.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Herminia Guiden
... for the personal intentions of:
- O'Brien Family
- Mrs. Johnson, David, Theresa, Will and Anna
... In Thanksgiving for blessing received: Josheil Dapo
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam(+): Juan Fabella
- Wedding Anniversary: Joey & Grace Marquez
- Wedding Anniversary: Antonio & Lourdes Choa
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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