What a beautiful and sacred name
Fr. Joseph E. Korf, pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Staples and St. Michael Church, Motley
“Because of this, God greatly exalted Him
and bestowed on Him the name which is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth
and under the earth and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
The above passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians comes to mind as we in the Catholic Church celebrate the memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus. This memorial invites us to recall how sacred the name of Jesus is and not only His name but the name of God as well. Yet as one listens to how the names of Jesus and God are used by so many people today it does not speak in terms of reverence but in terms of condemnation, as words used as a curse rather than words used as part of a blessing.
I wonder how many of us use our best friend’s name, our spouse’s name, our parents’ name, and the list can go on as a word of condemnation or as a curse word. I doubt whether many of us would do so. So I wonder why we use God’s and Jesus’ name in this manner. I invite all of us to reflect upon how we use Jesus’ and God’s name in our daily speech and if it is not in reverence might we adjust our speech to better reflect the sacredness of these names.