January 3, 2018 – Wednesday
Note about today’s Feast
Since the Western Dominican Province is officially titled “The Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus” today is our “titular Feast Day” and most Dominican parishes will have scriptures from the Dominican Lectionary. But, given that the majority of our readers worship in non-Dominican parishes, I will make today’s reflection using the following scriptures.
1 John 2:29 -3:6 – Psalm 98 – John 1:29-34
“All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.” (today’s Psalm response Psalm 98)
Today is officially the feast day of our Western Dominican Province whose official title is “Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in the federated states of America.” That would call for the Dominican Parishes to use special scripture readings for this Feast. However, I will try to make today’s reflection give you a deeper understanding of today’s feast. This morning, besides my regular routine of checking out the readings for the Mass and a couple of regular commentaries, I “googled” “the most holy name of Jesus” and found a Litany that is well worth our looking into. When you want to know “Who Jesus is” this litany will give you more than enough images to ponder. Here’s the “link” that will take you right to that site. http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/holy-name-of-jesus.html
Then, if you need more stimulus, today’s first reading should help you along. It’s one of my favorites and one that I have often used especially at funerals. “See what love the Father has bestowed on us in that we are the children of God. And that is what we are.” Then he throws in the ‘corker:’ “What we shall become has not yet been revealed. When it is revealed we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He really is.”
I don’t know about you, but I know that anyone who has struggled with their “self-image” should be able to have some hope in this reading. I can remember a time long ago when I was at my parents home at a time when they were having some friends in for a gathering and dinner. A women who I had never met but who worked with my father came up to me with the opening, “So, I finally get to meet this son whose father never stops talking about!” That was so like what must have happened at Jesus baptism when the voice of God said, “this is my beloved son…”
We all need to hear those words to give us the confidence to know that we are loved and appreciated. It’s a reminder to all of us to look for the good in the people that we live and work with and to give them encouraging words that build them up rather than tear them down. We’re all on our way to becoming something more than what we are right now. This should be one of our “New Year’s Resolutions.” Amen!