Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Holy Name of Jesus

Today we are celebrating the very name "Jesus" as we leave one year and launch into another. The altar piece displays the gifts the Magi brought to Jesus of gold, frankincense and myrh. They are the gifts to the king, the priest, and the sacrificed savior. But it's the "name" that keeps ringing in my ears: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
Bernard of Clarivaux wrote in the 11th century: "Jesus is honey in our mouth, light in our eyes, flame in our heart. The name Jesus is the cure for all the diseases of the soul. Jesus' name includes all the mysteries of the church. It is the center point of the sacraments. Jesus' name embraces the entire life of the believer and unifies all the functions of the church."
May it be so with me!


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