"God also hath
exalted Him and hath given Him a Name which is above all
names" (Phil. 2:9).
We Christians do not
hesitate to call on the name of Jesus, because we know
that He is the source of all power and grace. He Himself
has assured us of His readiness to help all those who
invoke His name: "Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in
my name, that will I do; that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If you shall ask me anything in my
name, that I will do" (John 14:13-14).
When we say the Holy
Name of Jesus with reverence and love, we do as the
Apostles and disciples of our Lord did. They taught and
preached in the name of Jesus. "For," says St. Peter,
"there is no other name under Heaven given to men,
whereby we must be saved" (Acts. 4:12). It was "by
name" that the Apostles worked so many miracles (Acts.
4:10) and they "rejoiced" when "they were accounted
worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus" (Acts.
5:41). The early Christians loved to surround themselves
with symbols representing the Holy Name of Jesus. Many
of these symbols are still used by the Church today.
One of the most
familiar is the sign I.H.S. These letters are, in fact,
the first three letters of the Holy Name, Jesus, in
Greek. We must share with the Apostles and early
Christians their deep reverence and love for the Holy
What feelings of love
and gratitude the name of the Saviour should inspire in
us! We all know the sacrifices made by numerous
missionaries that the name of our Lord may be more
widely known. Generosity of the same kind, though not in
the same way, is expected from us in our ordinary lives.
By our encouragement and example souls who have grown
weak in the Faith can be brought back to the grace of
God. It often happens that we are the chosen instruments
of God. Such opportunities of proving our love should
never be neglected. We live in times of frequent panic
and crisis. Men everywhere are seeking 'security' and
'peace'. We already have the security of knowing that
Jesus, our Saviour is with us "all days" (Matt. 28:20).
We have the peace of soul given us by the "Prince of
Peace" (Is. 9:6). We must show a calm confidence, born
of faith, in the power of Jesus. By living the full
Christian life, based on solid conviction, we can show
men where true peace and happiness are to be found. We
repeat the Holy Name of Jesus with faith, reverence and
love. It reminds us of our privilege as members of the
Mystical Body, of which He is the Head. It is through
our union with Him that we make progress in virtue. We
know that He is "always living to make intercession for
us" (Heb. 7:25).
But it is with love,
above all, that we call on His name.
We remember His
promise: "If any man love me, he will keep my word. And
my Father will love him: and we will come to him and
will make our abode with him" (John 14:23). Indeed, the
very name of Jesus is, in itself, a perfect prayer.